The Office of State Attorney Larry Basford announces that on April 13, 2021, Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson sentenced Kayla Kostic to 14 years in prison for her role in the murder of Mark Jankiewicz. Kostic entered a plea agreement with the State on January 31, 2020, where she agreed to testify truthfully against Emilio Jack. Kostic pled to Principal to Robbery with a Deadly Weapon and Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder. Kostic provided her testimony to a Bay County jury who found Jack guilty of Second Degree Murder with a Deadly Weapon and Robbery with a Deadly Weapon on March 30, 2021.
On July 27, 2019, Mark Jankiewicz was found covered in a blanket under a picnic table at the Hathaway Bridge boat ramp. Jack fatally stabbed the victim six times using two screwdrivers. Jack’s sentencing is set for May 11, 2021, before Judge Christopher Patterson. This case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Bob Sombathy and Frank Sullivan. The case agent was Sgt. Steve Rhinehart of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
For additional, information contact State Attorney Larry Basford.