Latunski gets life sentence in murder and mutilation of Kevin Bacon

Latunski declined to speak, but his attorney said nothing could have changed the outcome of the sentencing.
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 5:44 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 5:27 PM EST
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CORUNNA, Mich. (WILX) - A Shiawassee County judge sentenced Mark Latunski to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday.

He was convicted in October of first-degree murder in the 2019 death and mutilation of Kevin Bacon.

Background: Latunski convicted of first-degree murder in 2019 mutilation case

The family of Bacon has been waiting three years for justice.

“He would do anything for his friends and family and we are going to miss him,” said Pamela Bacon, Kevin’s mother. “Christmases and everything will never be the same for us ever again.”

In December 2019, Bacon met Latunski through a dating app. Bacon’s parents reported him missing when he didn’t show up to a family gathering on Christmas morning. On Dec. 28, his mutilated body was found in the basement of Latunski’s Bennington Township home.

When police discovered Bacon’s body, Latunski admitted that he had killed him by stabbing him in the back and slitting his throat. He said he then ate part of his body.

Bacon’s family said Latunski’s sentencing can’t make up for the life he could have had. His parents had prepared statements read during the sentencing.

“In that month proceeding his death, he was starting to turn his life around,” said Karl Bacon. “Quit the job that was causing him stress, decided to go back to school, and made plans for the upcoming holidays. For the rest of my days, I will wonder what if.”

“We used to go watch movies, make Christmas cookies, go shopping and go to the deer farm and cook Christmas dinner together as a family,” Pamela Bacon said. “This has all been taken away from us, our family is broken all because of you and nothing, not even you behind bars, will ever make our lives better.”

Latunski declined to speak, but his attorney said nothing could have changed the outcome of the sentencing.

Bacon’s family statements focused on the impact Kevin left behind and the legacy of love that will never be forgotten.

“Kevin was the type of person that if someone needed help, or if someone needed something, he would give the shirt off his back or his last dollar for whoever or whatever,” Pamela Bacon said. “His family and friends won’t be the same because of this.”


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