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Change of plea: Devin Katzfey pleads guilty in fatal beating of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro, a crime caught on camera

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Devin Katzfey

MILWAUKEE — 21-year-old Devin Katzfey pleaded guilty on Thursday, July 13th to one count of first degree reckless homicide in the fatal beating of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro. It was a crime caught on camera — video of the brutal beating was posted to Mendoza-Chaparro’s own Snapchat account.

Katzfey pleaded not guilty to the charge back in January. But on Thursday, he changed that plea — and the court found him guilty as charged. He will be sentenced on September 8th.

Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro

A criminal complaint in Katzfey’s case says he recorded three videos showing Mendoza-Chaparro bloodied and beaten — and uploaded them to Mendoza-Chaparro’s own Snapchat account. At one point, Katzfey turned the phone’s camera on himself.

One video shows Mendoza-Chaparro near a cat litter box, with yellow liquid around him. The complaint says the victim was forced to eat cat feces and was urinated on, all before Katzfey and a woman, Sarah Zakzesky told police they dumped Mendoza-Chaparro’s body in an alley — leaving him for dead.

The complaint states Devin Katzfey thought Mendoza-Chaparro stole a bong, a pipe and other items from Zakzesky’s home near 6th and Rogers on December 19th.


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