A Pennsylvania man will be serving life behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, JonMarquis Stepich. According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel found Orlando Williams, 39, guilty of first-degree murder. Williams received a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. At the sentencing hearing, prosecutors shared details about the case revealing what led to the boy’s death. Williams, who showed no remorse during the hearing, apparently, had developed his own brand of discipline for his soon-to-be stepson, but obviously, he had a very disturbing way of disciplining the boy. Prosecutors shared details about the boy’s death along with information about other physical injuries the boy had at the time of his death.
It has been reported that Williams murdered Stepich because he’d failed to clean his room. That morning, Williams had reportedly been drinking. When he tripped over a laundry basket in the boy’s room, he immediately became angry. In many cases, when children don’t complete a task, they’re mildly reprimanded. But in Stepich’s case, Williams took the situation to an unthinkable extreme. He attempted to strike Stepich but missed. At that point, he reportedly tried to slam his stepson into his bed but ended up slamming him to the floor. The boy’s head was banged on the floor “over and over and over and over again,” according to the publication.
Williams woke up Lininger claiming the boy needed to go to the hospital. Medical examiners determined the boy had suffered a subdural hemorrhage of the brain. Other bruises were also noted on the boy’s body. The boy’s injuries were consistent with ongoing abuse. Although Williams allegedly claimed he’d gotten angry because he hadn’t cleaned his room, the judge believes there was more to the situation. When Judge Donna Jo McDaniel was asked if she believed Williams intended to do what he did, she answered, “I find beyond a reasonable doubt the answer is yes,” she said in court on Monday, December 4. Since Williams showed no mercy for his stepson, Judge McDaniel did the same for him.
And The Boy’s Mother…:
In addition to the charges Williams faced, the boy’s mother, Aliehsa Lininger, was also charged with endangering the welfare of children. During the trial, she testified against Williams and admitted he was often abusive to her sons punching them and striking them with extension cords and belts. Her attorney, Dan DeMarco admitted that his client is pleased with the sentence Williams was given. “My client is very satisfied with the verdict. It was very tragic what happened. Justice was definitely served today in the courtroom,” DeMarco said.
On Dec. 13, Lininger is scheduled to face Judge McDaniel in reference to the charges she’s facing.