Charges Filed in Christopher Man's Death


By WSIL Manager

UPDATED 7:45 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014


FRANKLIN CO. -- Two men are behind bars in the weekend death of Christopher man, but the victim's family says the charges are not enough.


Charges were filed Wednesday against Timothy Curwick, 28, of West Frankfort and Dustin Mandrell, 18, of Christopher. Court documents say they beat, kicked, and choked Scott Maceri.


The two suspects are in the Franklin County jail, but it isn't enough for the Maceri family who lost a son, an uncle, and a brother. They think Curwick and Mandrell should face more serious charges and they don't believe the two were the only ones involved.


Not much has changed on the 400 block of Sylvia Street in Christopher, as authorities continue to investigate where Marceri was found unresponsive early Saturday. However, his family can rest a little easier knowing two suspects are in custody.


"I was relieved," said Marceri's nephew Ryan Young. "But to me, it just doesn't seem like enough justice."


Police arrested Curwick and Mandrell Wednesday. They both face involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery.


"There's no defending yourself whenever you have multiple people stomping and kicking you and choking you and God knows what else," insisted Young.


Young still can't believe what happened to his uncle at his girlfriend's apartment just days ago. "This wasn't the first time that this has happened," he said. "He's been beat up before over there and left in the snow."


Marceri's family described their relationship as on and off. Now, his girlfriend's son Dustin is a suspect. Mandrell has been on parole since November after serving 4 months of a 5-year-sentence for forgery and burglary. Marceri had served time for drugs, but Young says he was starting down a new path.


"He was out for almost a year and everything was great. As far as we knew everything was great, but he just got tied back in to the wrong crowd and unfortunately, it cost him his life," Young added.


According to his family, there was a handful of witnesses, including children as young as eight, and adults who Young believes should also be held responsible.


"We have a whole other, pretty much party, that was at this house that seen all this go down and was lying for them two," he said.


Young says nothing can bring his uncle back and the charges don't fit the crime. "He's taken out of this world and never again will I ever get to say anything to him while those two guys are eating great in the county jail and living good. "


Curwick and Mandrell are in the Franklin County jail on $250,000 bond. 


The family is asking for help with Maceri's burial. Donations can be made at Hobbs-Johnson funeral home in Benton. 


BENTON -- Two people have been charged in the weekend death of a Christopher man.

Timothy Curwick, 28, of West Frankfort, and Dustin Mandrell, 18, Christopher, are each charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the death of Ronald Scott Maceri.

Maceri, 40, of Christopher, was found dead Saturday at a home on the 400 block of Sylvia Street in Christopher.

In court documents, authorities allege Curwick and Mandrell "struck and kicked Ronald Scott Maceri about the head and body and choked Maceri," causing his death.

Curwick and Mandrell are each being held in the Franklin County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The Christopher Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Franklin County Coroner's Office continue to investigate.

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