4/2/2021 12:58:00 PM Guilty plea accepted for May 2020 fatal stabbing
A District Court judge has accepted a guilty plea from Justin Gerald Valian admitting to second degree murder with no intent, and not premeditated. Valian, 24, faces almost 19 years in prison under sentencing guidelines, according to the County Attorney. He will be sentenced April 16 in Judge Bollman’s court.
About one year ago a call to 9-1-1 reported a stabbing at a Joywood Avenue, Sunrise Township address. North Branch Police were first to arrive and found 28-year-old Joshua Kaczrowski in the front yard area with a fatal stab wound to his torso.
Valian had been observed on the property and was gone, but a bystander told investigators that Valian picked up a woman who reportedly called for a ride from the property. The victim and Valian briefly stood on the same side of the van exchanging words about what was in the best interests of the female, Courtney Pilz-Carr.
She was charged with aiding and abetting because she and Valian fled and avoided authorities until they were spotted hiding in a grassy ditch hours after the early morning altercation. The knife used was tossed in a yard on Birch Street and the finder alerted police of its whereabouts.
Pilz-Carr entered a guilty plea and is serving a sentence of four years and 10 months. (Story Press Feb. 4.)