Three suspects have been charged for the brutal beating of a 20-year-old man accused of stealing a bong and a pipe from his associates that were used to smoke marijuana.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
December 26, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – Three of four suspects have been charged with reckless homicide for the December 19 murder of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro, 20. Devin L. Katzfey, 20, was charged in absentia for 1st-degree reckless homicide and was wanted on a felony homicide warrant. He was arrested and booked at the Milwaukee County jail on Monday with additional charges for criminal damage to property, trespassing and felony violation of probation, which a hold has been placed restricting from being released on bond.
Two others, Sarah Zakzesky, 20, was charged with 1st-degree reckless homicide and a cash bond was set at $50,000 and Branden L. Katzfey, 19, was charged with 1st-degree reckless homicide and a cash bond was set at $10,000. A 20-year-old woman has been taken into custody and criminal charges are pending.
Zakzesky will have a preliminary court hearing on December 29, Branden will have a preliminary court hearing on December 30 and Devin will appear for a court hearing on December 27. The suspects are facing up to 60 years in prison, if they are convicted for 1st-degree reckless homicide.
According to the criminal complaint, Devin accused Mendoza-Chaparro of trying to steal a bong and a pipe that was used to smoke marijuana by the group. Devin began to beat Mendoza-Chaparro and Branden, Zakzesky also joined in the beating. The brutal beating of Mendoza-Chaparro by Devin was video recorded and posted on Snapchat, which police found three videos showing Mendoza-Chaparro being beaten by the group.
The two Katzfey brothers told on each other to police, apparently Devin confessed that his brother Branden had urinated on Mendoza-Chaparro’s face by the cat litter, and Branden told police that Devin was the primary person who beat the victim and that Devin even forced Mendoza-Chaparro to eat cat excrement for stealing a bong. Also that Zakzesky even grabbed Mendoza-Chaparro’s head and slammed him on a counter. Branden was mad because Mendoza-Chaparro had taken his cellphone as well, according to the criminal complaint.
Both Branden and Zakzesky were in a relationship and she told police that Branden had woken her up because he wanted a blow job after having sex in the bathroom earlier in the night before Mendoza-Chaparro was killed.
Mendoza-Chaparro’s brutal beating took place at apartment number four at 600 W. Rogers Street where Devin and Zakzesky shared in Milwaukee’s Southside. After the beating, both Devin and Zakzesky took Mendoza-Chaparro who was unconscious to a nearby alley and left him in the snowbank next to some garbage cans behind a rear garage of a home. Mendoza-Chaparro was not dress for the 15 degree frigid weather, which contributed to his death from exposure to the freezing temperatures.
A man at the property went to take his auto out and found Mendoza-Chaparro’s frozen beaten body next to the garage door. The man noticed that the victim had a hand and some fingers from the other hand missing, according to the criminal complaint. It is not clear, if the missing hand and fingers were taken by outdoor animals.
The Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Mendoza-Chaparro died from multiple injuries caused by blunt force trauma to the head and exposure to freezing temperatures.