DAILYKENN.com -- A 91-year-old white WWII veteran was beaten to death and set on fire at his home in Detroit, Michigan.
Nearly one year later the black teen who committed the heinous crime was sentenced to only 30 to 60 years.
It's a memory Monchnik's son can't erase from his memory. "The terrible, sickening feeling I get thinking that my dad's last hour on earth was filled with horror and pain, worse than anything he went through in the war," Scott Monchnik said.
Stewart plead guilty to second-degree murder. His sister said her brother is not a monster.
"My brother has never been in any trouble in his life," Taige Stewart said.
Local 4 interviewed the then-17-year-old Stewart who lived next door to Monchnik the morning the 91-year-old's body was found.
"I just (saw) the person driving off with his car," Stewart told Local 4 that morning. "Next thing you know, two minutes later, I walk in the house, and we smell fire."
But evidence and surveillance footage of Stewart filling up a gas can tied him to the murder that tore a family apart.
"While dad will always be in our memory and in our thoughts and in our hearts, we have laid him to rest, and we can move on with the healing process," Rae Monchnik said.
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