Attorney Uses Hitman Fixation as Excuse for Murder

Jean-Pierre Orlewicz

I was watching CNN yesterday as reporters and “legal experts” yapped on and off about 18-year-old Jean-Pierre Orlewicz who is on trial for a heinous murder. Apparently Jean-Pierre and his friend Alexander Letkemann stabbed 26-year old Daniel Sorenson multiple times in the back sawed off his head and then burned the body before ditching it. While listening to some of the testimony from his friend who helped, I was saddened for the family of the victim who had to sit there in the courtroom and hear about Daniel’s greusome last minutes on earth. I also felt bad for the parents of the murderer, because they have to live the rest of their lives knowing that they raised a monster, and when the camera would pan over to them – the blank stares on their faces said it all. Valium.What a horrible, horrible thing.

Apparently, I missed this little tidbit while tuning in and out of the proceedings yesterday: The defense attorney, James Thomas has used the lamest, most uneducated excuse in the book for his client’s psychotic behavior – Hitman made him do it. I am utterly speechless about this, so here is an excerpt from CNN News discussing this thanks to GamePolitics:

We’ve heard some testimony today that’s very interesting! Before the killing took place! J.P. Orlewicz, the defendant, used to say, ” I want to commit a crime! and not get caught and be able to get away with it! So now we see the mindset of a young man that is fixated on doing harm, according to the prosecution witnesses. Fixated on committing a crime! Because you wonder how something like this can happen!

How did the defense deal with that? They dealt with it with a video game called Hitman that he used to watch, and it was a video game where you got impressions that you would kill somebody, hit them from their back side where they were not aware that they were being killed. And, so the defense is probably going to focus on that there was not a true intent to commit a crime, just a fixation with this video game.

Apparently I missed the part in Hitman where he and a friend lure a guy to a garage, have a tarp and cleaning supplies ready, slit his throat, repeatedly stab the guy, remove the head, use a blowtorch on the hands and feet in an attempt to hide the victim’s identity, cut the head off, dump the torso, set it on fire, and drop the head into a local river. Maybe there is some really strange mod that adds this to the game I am missing out on. What a load of bull****. If I ever get in trouble for something, remind me not to hire James Thomas as an attorney – even for something as minor as a parking ticket. I realize that most lawyers will grasp at any straw available to get their client off the hook, but this is the tiniest, stupidest, and flimsiest straw I have ever seen in my life. Jean-Pierre is a sicko and no video game in the world made him do anything. He did it because he is psycho, plain and simple.

Thanks: GamePolitics

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8 Comments on Attorney Uses Hitman Fixation as Excuse for Murder


On April 12, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Sicko? not very nice. I don’t feel sorry for parents that created a sicko. They did this.


On April 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm

ok first of ignoring the videogame part, those kids shouldn’t be able to live
they look insane anyways
secondly, yea a videogame with violent imagery is a stimulant
people who are likely to crack


On April 13, 2008 at 4:54 am

My condolences to the family..

But according to the poll posted some days ago, kissing is worse..

So, they should be home free then?
:roll: America, really is a strange country. I’m glad I’m not there.


On April 13, 2008 at 8:50 am

Really Spencer? “They LOOK insane anyways”?
If that was how we judged guilt or innocence in this country, the majority of the world would be deemed guilty.
That was a pretty weak and immature statement.


On April 14, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Stephanie et al.,

I won’t comment on whether an attorney is correct in using such an excuse. What I will say, though, is that none of you who support games like “Hitman” can call anyone crazy. If you enjoy the sort of thing depicted on games like these, you fall into a very similar category as others who enjoy it (Mr. Orlewicz, for example).

Please grow up — reconsider those things in which you find happiness; I can tell you now, videogames and whatever rush they may bring will never occasion lasting happiness.


On April 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm

@David… Who are you to look down on someone because of the entertainment they enjoy. You talk like you are better than anyone who supports violence in games. Well sir, you can take your freedom squashing ignorance somewhere else! To allow anyone to force violence out of games would be the first step on a road to losing many other freedoms. So please, tell me what will bring me lasting happiness, if you are an authority to say what shall and shall not… Buddy, before you go telling other people to grow up and talk down on to them, open your eyes, then work on opening your feeble closed little mind.


On April 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Also, @ at Stephany, you may very well be right about the valium thing, sadly, I doubt it was brought about by this episode, it is highly unlikely they, or anyone else, stepped in to counsel the young man or tried to open him up to talk about the thoughts in his head. He was never shown the line between reality and fantasy… :cry: Premeditated murder is the sign of a deep hatred or a deep sickness… not media


On April 20, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Avatar, to be quite honest with you, it would take a lot more than Valium to keep me calm, sitting in a courtroom, knowing, let along hearing all the horrible details about what my son did to someone. :cry: