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Dennis Iagulli: Defendant Details Brutal Slaying of Fellow Homeless Man

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Dennis Iagulli pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a truly disturbing murder of a fellow homeless man in June 2010.

Parts of 22-year-old Zachary Irvin's body were found on fire that month near an abandoned East St. Louis warehouse that served as a homeless camp. Authorities have long held that Iagulli and a fellow vagrant by the name of James Pierson attacked Irvin because they believed he had started a fight with some of their friends.

Following yesterday's guilty plea, those authorities now have an all too vivid account of what occurred.

As the Post-Dispatch and other outlets report today, Iagulli told an Illinois judge Wednesday that he and Pierson awoke Irvin with flashlights and a gunshot back in June 2010. Iagulli then stripped Irvin and tied him to a chair. He had Pierson leave the room as he sexually assaulted Irvin.

After a while, Iagulli left the warehouse to go have lunch at a St. Louis homeless shelter. (Iagulli is a diabetic and needed food to regulate his blood sugar levels.) He asked Pierson to watch Irvin until he got back.

That didn't go well.

Iagulli was returning to the warehouse after lunch when he saw Pierson under the Eads Bridge wearing some of Irvin's clothes. Pierson informed Iagulli that they had a "mess" to clean up at the warehouse. Irvin had come free from his bounds and tried to escape only for Pierson to shoot him in the neck.

When the men returned to the warehouse, they then dismembered Irvin's body using -- among other things -- a meat cleaver, a hack saw and some tin ships.

Iagulli was sentenced to 35 years in prison immediately following his guilty plea. Pierson is scheduled to go to trial next month.

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5 comments
Erik
Erik

fyi it actually costs more to put someone to death in the US than imprison them for life mostly due to the appeals process.  That said I'd gladly pay a lot extra to see this fucker killed and so would a lot of others!

kill it with fire
kill it with fire

Once again how in the fuck does this not justify a death sentence?  Allow me to propose a new system for plea bargaining.  If you don't plead guilty you get sentenced to die in the same manner as your victim...I'd love to go to work on this piece of crap with tin snips.  If you plead guilty and confess you die by lethal injection...nice and easy.

35 years for a 1st degree, premeditated, horrific murder!?!?  Completely unacceptable!!!

KITTY
KITTY

I wholeheartedly agree with you, kill it with fire. The problem is with the State of Illinois and the miscarriage of justice they imposed when the death penalty was banned. What a bunch of pussies. This case is as outrageous as  Chris Coleman's. If ever there was a person deserving a needle in the arm, it is Coleman. Now the State of Illinois will spend millions of dollars keeping these savages locked up for decades. What a waste of taxpayer monies. If I ran things, the death penalty would be reinstated, and when a person is sentenced to die, the execution would be carried out within thirty days. None of those endless appeals which clog up the courts for decades. If a person deserves a speedy trial, they should also deserve a speedy execution!

sandy
sandy

I KNOW THIS MAN SENSE I WAS A YOUNG GIRL AND I NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD DO THIS SICK THING IM SO SORRY ZACHARY HAVE TO DIE LIKE THIS.

punkin003
punkin003

I totally agree with the both of you!  I'm from Texas where the still have the death penalty!  Hope that never goes away.

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