BIRTH: March 31, 1992
DEATH: March 18, 2008
Brittany, 16, was found in the basement of her home strangled to death by her cousin after an argument; over him hearing voices telling him to do something bad.
Garry S. Zigich Jr., strangled his cousin, Brittany, in the morning, then hid her body in the basement of the Cenas’ house before checking himself into a hospital, claiming suicidal tendencies.
Autopsy results showed that Brittany’s cause of death was “manual strangulation.”
Garry had been living at the home for about a month with Brittany, her parents and their two other daughters.
Brittany’s parents had presumed Brittany attended school that day. When she did not come home, Brittany’s mother, Denise Cena, became worried and went to police headquarters to request a missing persons report. After police arrived the house to make a report the grandparents found Brittany’s body.
Garry S. Zigich Jr. was charged with one count of murder. He plead guilty and was sentenced to 50 years and has to serve at least 85% of his sentence before he can apply for parole.