Polish teenager, Roksana Sikorski, who attempted to murder her adopted parents and two siblings in 2013, was sentenced to 10-20 years on March 28, despite the pleas for mercy by her parents.
The 17-year-old teenager was 15 when she decided to kill her parents and brothers all in the name of love. Sikorski, a minor when she began dating Michael Rivera, 24, wanted to remain in a relationship with him.
Rivera, afraid he’d be charged with rape for their illicit relationship, guided Sikorski on how to kill her family.
‘Baby im here im here just cut the throat quickly on both of them … Just stab there necks baby at the artery,’ read one of the text messages from Rivera. Sikorski responding that she isn’t “psycho,” received more instruction from Rivera. “Stab like slice but like ur (sic) cutting a tomato,” he would continue to say.
The Detroit, Michigan girl then decided to slice her little brother’s throat in which he screamed, waking up their other sister.
Despite all of this, the parents of Sikorski begged for leniency, referencing a difficult childhood and diagnosis of reactive attachment disorder as the reasoning behind her behavior. Reactive attachment disorder is a rare mental illness where children find it difficult to form healthy relationships with their family.
“She’s in desperate need of continued psychological help,” said mother Laurene Sikorski. “She is still fragile, and an adult prison would shatter her delicate world. How will sentencing her as an adult help her? Is this justice?” Father Jeffrey Sikorski labeled his daughter as “vulnerable.”
Roksana Silkorski weeped in court as she vowed to “get better, no matter what happens.” She apologized to her parents for not being a good daughter. She plead guilty to one count of assault with intent to murder. The other six felony charges were dropped. Her brother survived the attack.
Rivera was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on all seven counts.