MILWAUKEE -- (WITI) -- Two people criminally charged in connection with the fatal beating of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro will be sentenced Friday, July 28th. It was a crime caught on camera — video of the brutal beating was posted to Mendoza-Chaparro’s own Snapchat account.
20-year-old Sarah Zakzesky faced one count of first degree reckless homicide as party to a crime. She originally pleaded not guilty to the charge in March. But on Friday, June 2nd, Zakzesky changed that plea — instead pleading guilty.
19-year-old Branden Katzfey pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of first-degree reckless homicide on Friday, December 30th.
The accusations in this case are that Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro was brutally beaten, and video was recorded and posted to his own Snapchat account.
The beating happened after Mendoza-Chaparro allegedly attempted to steal a bong, a pipe and other items from a home near 6th and Rogers. He was struck in the face and then kicked multiple times for a period of 10-15 minutes on December 19th. He was also allegedly urinated on, and forced to eat from a kitty litter box. He was then dumped in an alley — left for dead.
An autopsy revealed Mendoza-Chaparro died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head.
Four people total were arrested in this case. Three have been charged.
Devin Katzfey faces one count of first degree reckless homicide as party to a crime. Devin Katzfey’s brother, 19-year-old Branden Katzfey faces one count of first degree reckless homicide as party to a crime.
According to a criminal complaint, Sarah Zakzesky told police the beating started after a night of smoking marijuana at her apartment. Devin Katzfey accused Mendoza-Chaparro of attempting to steal a bong, pipe and other items.
Devin Katfey is accused of hitting the victim in the face and head 25 times. His brother, 19-year-old Branden Katzfey, was also present. Zakzesky says she saw him also strike the victim in the face multiple times.
A criminal complaint filed against Branden Katzfey indicates he told investigators he punched Mendoza-Chaparro after noticing Mendoza-Chaparro had taken his phone. Branden Katzfey said he punched Mendoza-Chaparro three times and kicked him once.
Branden Katzfey admitted to investigators he “urinated on (Mendoza-Chaparro) while he lay near a kitty litter box,” and his brother Devin “forced (Mendoza-Chaparro) to eat cat litter and feces from the litter box.”Branden Katzfey told investigators his brother, Devin “was the primary aggressor,” but said Zakzesky also took part in the beating. Branden Katzfey said at one point, when Mendoza-Chaparro tried to stand up, Zakzesky “smashed his head into a counter.”
Branden Katzfey said he didn’t call police “because he was scared and because, at the time, he thought (Mendoza-Chaparro) deserved it because he was stealing from them.”