Jury finds 23-year-old guilty in murder plot
Michael Rivera with attorney Wright Blake at pre-trial hearing in Plymouth’s 35th District Court
Aug. 4, 2015 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
A jury has found the 23-year-old man accused of plotting to kill his 15-year-old girfriend’s family as they slept in their Plymouth Township home last October guilty on all counts.
Michael Rivera was convicted by the jury after a week-long trial on four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of felonious assault. Prosecutors told the jury that Rivera was outside the Plymouth Township home Oct. 17 sending text instructions by phone to Roksana Sikorski, instructing her in methods of slashing the throats of her family. Sikorski, who faces the same charges along with one count of using a computer to commit a crime, will face trial before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James Callahan beginning Oct. 26
Sikorski slashed the throat of her 12- year-old brother whose screams alerted the rest of the family who called police and emergency medical help. Sikorski and Rivera were arrested the next day at his Detroit home. Prosecutors claim that the pair were motivated by criminal sexual charges filed by Sikorski’s family in an attempt to separate the couple.
No sentencing date for Rivera has been reported due to a gag order issued earlier this year by the court.
Photos: Don Howard/Plymouth Eagle