Tensions run high as Lewek sentencing postponed
April 29, 2015

There was a heated exchange inside the courtroom between Dr. William Lewek’s defense attorney, Matthew Parrinello, and Monroe County Court Judge Christopher Ciaccio. Then, tensions escalated even higher when Parrinello exited court. Words were tense between some of Matthew Straton’s family members and defense attorney Matthew Parrinello after Dr. William Lewek failed to show up at his sentencing today. Lewek is hospitalized at Rochester General Hospital.

The judge adjourned the case until Friday. In court, the judge told Parrinello his client is scheduled for sentencing. If he doesn’t show up on Friday, there will be a warrant for his arrest. Lewek pleaded guilty to burying Matthew Straton’s body in his backyard on Rowley Street. Straton went missing in October 2013. After a community wide search for Straton, investigators discovered the body behind Lewek’s home in January 2013.

“Well, I can’t release why he’s in the hospital,” said Parrinello. “But, he was admitted yesterday. He didn’t check himself into the hospital, he’s not avoiding sentencing. The judge is ridiculous. Ms. Wolford is ridiculous. It’s unbelievable.”

“Obviously a lot of tension inside the courtroom today and outside the courtroom,” said Assistant District Attorney Kelly Wolford. “Because, this is not the first time that Mr. Lewek hasn’t appeared at a court appearance where he was scheduled and had found himself in the hospital. So, I expressed the frustration to the court that he wasn’t here today.”

Lewek faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Friday.