Jesus Medrano III, a 27-year-old man from Kenosha, has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the 2021 murders of his father, Jesus Medrano Jr., and stepmother, Latrice Myers-Medrano. The sentencing took place on Monday afternoon in Kenosha County Circuit Court, following Medrano’s conviction on charges including first-degree intentional homicide and attempted sexual assault.
Medrano pleaded guilty in September 2023 to the first-degree intentional homicide of Myers-Medrano using a dangerous weapon and the attempted first-degree sexual assault. The homicide charge for Medrano Jr.’s death and a child abuse charge were dismissed in a plea agreement but were considered during sentencing.
The court heard the shocking details of the crimes committed in the early hours of January 6, 2021, when Medrano fatally stabbed both adults with a machete. The attack occurred after the couple intervened to stop Medrano from assaulting a teenage family member. The trauma inflicted on the victims was described as nightmarish, with Medrano Jr. dying from multiple stab wounds and Myers-Medrano from a severed femoral artery.
Three children present in the home during the attack managed to escape and seek help. When police arrived, they found Medrano in a basement, still holding the murder weapon. In his interactions with the police, Medrano detailed the events leading to the murders.
During the sentencing, members of the victims’ families presented impact statements, conveying the profound loss and hurt caused by Medrano’s actions. The minor victim who Medrano attempted to assault questioned his motives, expressing the deep scars left by the incident.
District Attorney Michael Graveley and Assistant District Attorney Emily Gaertner prosecuted the case, advocating for a life sentence without the possibility of release. Medrano’s defense, led by attorneys Michelle Gardner and Joseph Corcoran, cited his troubled childhood and mental health issues in their plea for a life sentence with potential future supervision.
Judge Milisauskas, presiding over the case, emphasized the necessity of protecting the public and the shocking nature of the crimes in his decision to deny the possibility of extended supervision for Medrano. He acknowledged the enduring impact of the case, which has left lasting ripples in the community and among those directly affected.