Man given three life sentences for sex with boys
BY BEN SCHMITT, DET. FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Updated: 4/20/2007 2:12:57 PM
Detroit - Ted Lamborgine, an Ohio man who recently pleaded guilty to 15 sex-related charges involving metro Detroit boys, received three life sentences this morning.
Lamborgine, 66, earlier rejected a plea deal that would have required him to submit to a polygraph test on four unsolved Oakland County child deaths in exchange for dismissing 13 of the 15 charges.
In sentencing him, Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry said, “May God have mercy on your soul.''
"Guess what they do to people like you in prison?" she added. "You are the classic predator. You don't look like a monster. You preyed upon our most vulnerable."
Had he taken the deal with prosecutors, he would have faced a possible 15-year minimum sentence with a maximum sentence to be determined, assistant Wayne County prosecutor Robert Moran said.
He was also offered a deal, where he would plead guilty to two charges, without any cooperation, and face 25 to 50 years. Lamborgine also rejected that deal and decided to plead guilty to all 15 charges.
State Police Detective Sgt. Garry Gray said Lamborgine is a suspect in the child killings that caused regional anxiety in the 1970s.
“He's an evil man,” Gray said. “What our his motives for not taking the polygraph? We don't know.”
His lawyer Rita Young said after the hearing that Lamborgine has no knowledge of the child killings. As to his refusal to take the polygraph, “He did not want to go through the interrogation process.''
This morning, Lamborgine maintained that he never forced himself on the victims and that they were paid for sexual acts.
Moran countered that some of the victims were as young as 11.
"You can never justify having sex with a child," he said. "Some of these victims' lives are ruined."
One victim appeared in court today and showed Judge Berry needle marks on his arm from previous drug abuse. He said he has nightmares about Lamborgine and has done prison time as a result of his trauma.
Another victim, who was 13 when he was molested, sent a letter that Moran read in court. He called Lamborgine a child killer, although Lamborgine has not been charged in any of those cases.
"You said I would never be loved. I am," the man wrote in the lettter. "You said my life would never be normal. It is."
Lamborgine had been living in Parma, Ohio, until last year when he was arrested.
The cases involve five victims, all under age 15, including an 11-year-old and 12-year-old.
In the Oakland County child killings, the victims - two girls and two boys - were abducted and held for days before their bodies were found, dressed in their own clothes. Their bodies, including their fingernails, were clean.
• Timothy King, 11, of Birmingham was last seen March 16, 1977, in his hometown. He was found March 22, 1977, in a ditch off Gill Road near 8 Mile in Livonia. He had been sexually assaulted and suffocated.
• Kristine Mihelich, 10, of Berkley was last seen Jan. 2, 1977, near her home. She was found Jan. 21, 1977, on a rural road near Telegraph and 12 Mile in Franklin Village. She had been suffocated.
• Jill Robinson, 12, of Royal Oak was last seen Dec. 22, 1976, in her hometown. She was found Dec. 26, 1976, near I-75 north of Big Beaver in Troy. She had been shot in the head.
• Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale was last seen Feb. 15, 1976, in his hometown. He was found Feb. 19, 1976, near a parking lot at the Fairfax Plaza Building, at 10 Mile and Greenfield, in Southfield. He had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
Investigators have recently said that the four children may have been killed as part of a brazen pedophilia ring that operated out of the Cass Corridor in the 1970s.
Moran told Berry that the requested polygraph involved the ongoing investigation "involving the deaths of Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson, Kristine Mihelich and Timothy King."