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Teen Faces Life in Prison After Conviction for Throwing Lye on Sleeping Dad, Causing Fatal Chemical Burns
The conviction stems from a 2021 incident when the teen's father, Konrad Imirowicz, was allegedly drunk and unable to drive her to the hair salon shortly before her 18th birthday party, prompting her to attack him.
A Michigan woman is facing life in prison after being convicted of throwing lye on her father two years ago, ultimately causing his death five months later.
A Michigan jury found Megan Joyce Imirowicz, 19, guilty last week on charges of domestic violence and “unlawful possession or use of harmful devices/irritants causing death,” according to a release from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of Oakland County.
The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on Oct. 1, 2021, when the teen's father, 64-year-old Konrad Imirowicz — who allegedly had issues with alcohol — was drunk and unable to drive her to the hair salon shortly before a party to celebrate her 18th birthday, NBC News reported.
Megan then allegedly decided to throw a mixture of lye powder — a chemical drain cleaner — and water on her sleeping father in their Groveland Township home, which led to his hospitalization with chemical burns for five months until he died on March 6, 2022 after being pulled off life support, according to the release.
Fred Miller, the convicted woman’s attorney, pointed out in his closing arguments that the victim told investigators that he did not know who committed the attack, adding that Konrad's blood alcohol level was allegedly four times the legal limit to drive, according to Law & Crime.
Miller also accused authorities of obtaining a false confession out of the teenager by questioning her in a vehicle.
Despite Miller’s arguments, the 12-person jury returned a guilty verdict after a four-day trial of listening nine witness testimonies, according to the release from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
Megan reportedly held back tears in court as the verdict was read, according to NBC News.
"This is a tragic case,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen D. McDonald said in the release. “The defendant lashed out in anger and wound up killing her father.”
Megan will learn if she'll receive life behind bars at her sentencing, which is scheduled for July 25.
While the domestic violence conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days jail and/or a fine of up to $500, according to the prosecutor's office, the felony conviction of unlawful possession or use of harmful devices causing death can carry up to life in prison and/or a fine up to $40,000.