New York Psychiatrist Accused of Burying Body, Pleads Guilty

February 20, 2015

Rochester psychiatrist William Lewek admitted in court Friday he buried the body of 32-year-old Matthew Straton in the backyard of his Park Avenue neighborhood house, avoiding a trial for one of the strangest cases in recent memory.

Lewek, 63, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence, namely Straton's body, in his Rowley Street yard in October 2013. He faces a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years.

Rochester police officers discovered Straton's body in January 2014, beneath a patio chair and pile of lawn debris, months after his family reported him missing.


Justin Murphy, "William Lewek, psychiatrist accused of hiding body, pleads guilty," Democrat & Chronicle, Feb. 20, 2015,


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