In January 2016, Edward Yesaitis Jr. was escorted off a train at Penn Station for being drunk and “disorderly.” Little did he know, his life would take a drastic turn that would lead to his death.
Yesaitis, a U.S. Navy veteran, was headed for Charleston, South Carolina when his drunken state prompted Amtrak officials to remove him from the train. Flat broke, Angel Fury and Christopher Wilkins met Yesaitis at Penn Station, where they had planned to sleep until their train departed to North Carolina. The three ended up booking a room at the Deluxe Plaza Motel on Pulaski Highway and partying on drugs and booze purchased by Yesaitis.
On the morning of January 5, Fury and Wilkins were due to meet their train, but the couple stayed behind long enough to beat Yesaitis to death, before fleeing on an Amtrak train to Jacksonville, Florida.
An autopsy report confirmed that Yesaitis has suffered a broken neck, fractured ribs and skull, collapsed lungs and severed spine.
Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Wilkins, of the 5000 block of Hoffman Street, pleaded guilty to the crime in January. He was given a 30-year prison for his part in the murder.
Angel Fury, 33, of the 5000 block of East Biddle Street, is facing life in prison after being found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Edward Yesaitis Jr. Her date of sentencing has been scheduled for September 8.
“The despicable acts of these murderers are gut-wrenching,” Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the loved ones of Mr. Yesaitis and while this verdict will not bring him back, I hope knowing that his murderers will be help accountable brings them peace.”