The Story of Ivan Telguz

More wrongfully convicted and miscarrages of justice.

Ivan Telguz, originally from Ukraine sentenced to death in Rockingham county Virginia courts in 2006. Telguz accused of hiring men to kill his ex girlfriend and mother of his child, Stephanie Sikes. Telguz’s case is very contriversial due to fact that a key witness reportedly admitted he lied. Testimony heard by the courts is that he hired Edwin Lee Gilkes Jr. and Micheal Anthony Hetrick to kill Stephanie Sipes for the amount of $2,000.

Hentrick’s testimony 07/21/01 is that Telguz drove from Pennsylvania to Harrisonburg and told Hetrick he wanted him to slash Sipes throat. Hetrick entered Sipes apartment under false pretence of needing to use the phone. As he cut her throat he also severly cut his hand leaving his own blood at the murder scene. Fast forward years later after Telguz’s trial ,Gilkes repoprtedly come forward to admit he give false testimony when making the claim Telguz was involved in Stephanie Sipes murder. Gilkes admitted he agreed to give the evidence to investigators and the prosecutor because he was scared of ending up on death row himself. According to campaign page of Ivan’s Prayer for justice, Gilkes recieved 15 years in prison for his role in Sipes murderin return for providing information agaist Ivan Telguz during the trial. Gilkes told the jury that Telguz was also involved with some Russian mafia murder outside a recreation center in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

More wrongfully convicted and miscarrages of justice.

Ivan Telguz, originally from Ukraine sentenced to death in Rockingham county Virginia courts in 2006. Telguz accused of hiring men to kill his ex girlfriend and mother of his child, Stephanie Sikes. Telguz’s case is very contriversial due to fact that a key witness reportedly admitted he lied. Testimony heard by the courts is that he hired Edwin Lee Gilkes Jr. and Micheal Anthony Hetrick to kill Stephanie Sipes for the amount of $2,000.

Hentrick’s testimony 07/21/01 is that Telguz drove from Pennsylvania to Harrisonburg and told Hetrick he wanted him to slash Sipes throat. Hetrick entered Sipes apartment under false pretence of needing to use the phone. As he cut her throat he also severly cut his hand leaving his own blood at the murder scene. Fast forward years later after Telguz’s trial ,Gilkes repoprtedly come forward to admit he give false testimony when making the claim Telguz was involved in Stephanie Sipes murder. Gilkes admitted he agreed to give the evidence to investigators and the prosecutor because he was scared of ending up on death row himself. According to campaign page of Ivan’s Prayer for justice, Gilkes recieved 15 years in prison for his role in Sipes murderin return for providing information agaist Ivan Telguz during the trial. Gilkes told the jury that Telguz was also involved with some Russian mafia murder outside a recreation center in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

As a result of it all Telquz was sentanced to death for 2001 Stephanie Sipes murder. He spent 10 yrs on deathh row and was days away from execution when Governor McAuliffe commuted his death sentence to life in prison 04/20/17.from the very beginning police strickly focused investigations on Telquz. Telquz voluntarily answered any questions the police had. Ivan also had a alibi of his whereabouts which put him in another state. Telquz and his alibi claimed Telquz was in Pensylvania not Virginia until after dark fall that evening at his boss house attending a cook out , not to mention that Telquz had store reciept placing him in another state around the time of Sipes murder,In an effort to try to convince the Pennsylvaniacourt to ordera sample of Telquz’s DNA to match to blood at crime scene not belonging to the victim.The lead investigators submitted a falsified affidavit and included a statement from witness placing Ivan Telquz at Sipes apartment around the time of her murder.

 

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