Two Men Arrested in Connection to 1997 Michigan Cold Case
More than 25 years after a man's headless body was found in a Michigan field, two Ohio men have been arrested for their possible involvement in the man's murder.
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Man's Body Found in 1997
A Lenawee County farmer made the discovery in November of 1997. The man's decapitated body was found under a thin layer of snow and reports indicate that the deceased man's hands had been cut off as well.
According to Detroit TV station WJBK-TV, there was speculation that the victim may have been a Texa man named Roberto who was supposed to be traveling to Chicago.
However, without the head and the hands, police were unable to positively identify the body and the case eventually went cold.
A Break in the Case
More than 25 years after the discovery, the United States Marshals Service announced that two Ohio men had been arrested.
Brothers Richardo Sepulveda from Cincinnati and Michael Sepulveda from Toledo have been implicated in the man's murder and are now facing numerous charges:
- Count 1 - First Degree Premediated Murder, a felony that carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole;
- Count 2 - Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Premediated Murder, a felony that carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole;
- Count 3 - Assault with Intent to Maim, a ten-year felony;
- Count 4 - Conspiracy to commit Assault with Intent to Maim, a ten-year felony;
- Count 5 - Tampering with Evidence, a ten-year felony; and,
- Count 6 - Conspiracy to Commit Tampering with Evidence, a ten-year felony.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel expressed her gratitude to law enforcement for their work in the case.
"Michigan State Police worked with multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to gather evidence and establish a timeline of events," Nessel said. "I am grateful for their persistence in pursuing this case."