LITTLE VILLAGE – Man accused of trying to withhold evidence after prosecutors say his girlfriend and daughter killed 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and snatched her baby from her womb will be released soon following a plea deal, officials said.
The family of the victim, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, blasted the Cook County state’s attorney’s office on Monday after Piotr Bobak accepted an obstruction of justice plea for his role in the brutal 2019 murder.
Bobak was initially charged with concealment of murder, concealment of death and obstruction of justice.
Bobak has been on bail since he, Clarisa Figueroa and Denise Figueroa were indicted in May of 2019. The Figueroas, who are mother and daughter, have been charged with murder.
Judge Peggy Chiampas sentenced Bobak to four years in prison.
Since he has been in the Cook County Jail for more than three years, the appeal means he will serve a few more months and then be on probation for another six months. reported the Sun-Times.
Although Bobak’s lawyer Said your client had nothing to do with the killing prosecutors said in 2019 he was found cleaning a carpet with bleach and a hose when police arrived with a warrant to search Clarisa Figueroa’s home.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t regret my involvement in this horrific crime,” Bobak said during the sentencing hearing, according to the Tribune.
Julie Contreras, a spokeswoman for the victim’s family, said Ochoa-Lopez’s husband was “distressed” by the news.
The family knew of the possibility of the reason but are still devastated, she said. Relatives did not appear in court to protest the decision, she said.
The Figueroas lured a pregnant Ochoa-Lopez to Clarisa Figueroa’s Southwest Side home on April 23, 2019, with the promise of baby clothes, prosecutors said. There, the two women strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut her baby—later named Yovanny Jadiel Lopez—from her womb, prosecutors said.
Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found in a trash can in the courtyard of Clarisa Figueroa’s home after she was reported missing weeks earlier, authorities said.
Yovanny he died after nearly two months in the intensive care unit in “serious condition” at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Clarisa Figueroa called 911 after the attack claiming she gave birth at home, prosecutors said. Authorities determined the baby was not hers after an examination and DNA test.
Ochoa-Lopez’s family believes the state attorney’s office “disappointed the Latino community” and could have done more to ensure Bobak remained behind bars, Contreras said.
“We believe this is a huge misrepresentation of the rule of law,” Contreras said. “Now you have a man who confessed to clearing the body … walking the streets of Chicago again in this area?
“It’s disgusting to know that they negotiated” with him, Contreras said. “We must do justice.”
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