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Muskegon man sentenced in 2020 fatal stabbing

Joesel was found guilty for the murder of 33-year-old Laura Sanchez on July 18, 2020 at the Amazon Apartments on Western Avenue.
Credit: Muskegon Police Department

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — A Muskegon County man will spend between 33 to 90 years behind bars for the murder of a woman in 2020. 

Kristopher Joesel, 38, was sentenced for stabbing and killing Laura Sanchez on Thursday.  

Joesel was found guilty for the murder of 33-year-old Laura Sanchez on July 18, 2020 at the Amazon Apartments on Western Avenue. 

According to prosecutors, Joesel and the victim did not know each other.   

He declined to speak in court following his Thursday sentencing.

Joesel was sentenced to 33 to 90 years in prison, with credit for 705 days already served.

Laura Sanchez' sister, Mirelda Sanchez Tokarczyk, released a statement to 13 ON YOUR SIDE following the sentencing:

"The Sanchez family would like to thank the Judge & the court for providing an atmosphere where the facts were presented in a lawful & fair manner. We are pleased with the decision at sentencing. In prison, Joesel will not be able to hurt another person or affect another community. 

We were grateful to have the prosecutors on this case advocate with such compassion & care for Laura. In particular, Katie Norton and her dedication, is a great asset to Muskegon County Prosecutor office.

Thank you to all those who walked alongside our family through this path; navigating through the legal system. You truly stuck through until the end. That is a love that is genuine. 

Laura was always there to help. Her memory will stay alive with what she brought into this world: her willingness to help, her charm, her smile her total and authentic self. From the moment Laura was brought into life, she gave us the feelings of butterflies, excitement, and love. Laura will always be remembered as a beautiful soul. She lived and died a hero, and even upon her death she kept giving.

Laura was an organ donor. We’d like to encourage others to consider being an organ & tissue donor, just like Laura."

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