Man pleads guilty to hiding overdose victim’s body behind Bensalem dumpster
A 41-year-old man admitted on Friday, March 25, 2022, to hiding the body of an overdose victim behind the dumpster of an apartment complex in Bensalem Township.
Maksim Stankevich pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh on charges of abuse of a corpse, theft and receiving stolen property.
Comparing the defendant’s actions to that of an animal, McHugh sentenced Stankevich to one year, less a day, to two years, less a day, in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.
McHugh said that once Stankevich was lost in the depths of drug abuse, he lost the ability to care for or have any consideration for his fellow human being.
Stankevich was charged in October following an investigation that began when a 40-year-old man overdosed in Stankevich’s apartment in Bensalem Township on Sept. 16, 2021.
Instead of calling for help, Stankevich wrapped the victim’s body with a rope and blanket and left him behind a dumpster of a nearby apartment complex.
Bensalem Township Police were dispatched that afternoon to the Townhomes at Gateway apartment complex, 335 Thunder Circle, on a report of a body found.
Upon arrival, police discovered the body of a deceased man, later identified as Dean Alexander DeJesus. The body was located behind a red dumpster and covered by a black and gray blanket that was secured to the body with blue nylon rope.
The investigation led Bensalem detectives to Stankevich on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. He told detectives that DeJesus had been at his apartment at 3307 Johns Court and asked to use the bathroom. Stankevich said he later found DeJesus deceased on the bathroom floor.
Stankevich then removed DeJesus from his apartment and placed him in a garbage can, which he used to move the body from 3307 Johns Court to the Townhomes at Gateway apartment complex, approximately a ½ mile away. There, he left the body behind the dumpster.
Camera footage from the apartment complex confirms the incident happened between 4:43 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2021.
On Oct. 5, 2021, Stankevich was found to be in possession of the victim’s Motorola G7 cell phone, a Puma backpack and two T-shirts for a combined value of $145.
When charges were filed in October, District Attorney Matt Weintraub said there was no excuse for not reporting this overdose since the good Samaritan law provides immunity for reporting drug overdoses.
"To have treated Mr. DeJesus with dignity would only have required the Defendant to take a fraction of a second to dial 911,” Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber said following Friday’s sentencing. “Instead, he made the conscious decision to treat a deceased friend like a piece of garbage, leaving his body to rot behind a dumpster.”
“I hope that the family of Mr. DeJesus can find some consolidation in knowing that this behavior will not be tolerated in Bucks County.”
The case was investigated by Bensalem Police Detectives Aaron Woelkers and Stephen Clark and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber.
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