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William Lewek, psychiatrist who buried body of Matthew Straton, scheduled for release
By Gary Craig
December 2, 2017
William Lewek, who has lost his medical license, pleaded guilty in February 2015 to burying the body of 32-year-old Matthew Straton in the backyard of Lewek’s Rowley Street home. He was sentenced to 1⅓ to four years for tampering with evidence, the maximum penalty for the felony.
Lewek’s sentence called for him to be “conditionally released” on Dec. 21. The conditional release program ensures he will be released to parole supervision. He was denied parole once, records show.
Lewek maintained that Straton died of an apparent overdose in Lewek’s home in October 2013, and Lewek panicked and hid the body. The body was recovered in January 2014 after Lewek became a suspect in the disappearance and admitted to the burial of Straton’s corpse.
Straton’s mother, Kym Straton, said Friday that she and friends and family sent over 100 letters to the parole board when Lewek was up for parole in 2016.
“I don’t believe that he’s done enough time for what he did,” she said. “But, for a mother, there’s never enough time.
“Matt’s birthday is (December) 23rd and they’re letting him out on the 21st,” she said. “That’s a double knife to me.”
Lewek’s attorney, Matt Parrinello, said Lewek also hurt over Straton’s death because the two were friends.
As for Lewek, Parrinello said, “He served his time, and he’s going to come out and hopefully find a job and move on with life.”
Parole officials say Lewek’s post-release housing has yet to be resolved. He would not be released without an approved residence.
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