Sterling Heights man sentenced to 15 years for setting house fire that killed younger brother

Posted at 7:02 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 12:07:43-04

A Sterling Heights man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for setting a house fire that killed his teenage brother.

Mark Marroki pleaded no contest to charges connected to his brother's death. 

The fire occurred on April 28, 2017, at a home on Bloomingdale Street in Sterling Heights. Matthew Marroki, 17, died after he was trapped in an upstairs bedroom. 

Fire department officials said gasoline was used to start the fire and the couch in the first-floor den, right below Matthew's bedroom, was set on fire.

Police say Mark admitted to intentionally starting the fire. 

Mark's family asked the judge for a reduced sentence, saying they did not want to lose another season after they lost Matthew.

"Our reality completely changed and every single moment since has been completely empty because both of my siblings are not with me," his sister said. "We love him so much and he loves us and I know he did not mean to hurt us."

"I beg and plead for your mercy on Mark and ultimately on our family because whatever sentence you give him will also be given to us because we will be doing the time with him," he said.