A Michigan Man Killed a Friend On a Retired Navy Ship Where They Lived. Months Later, The Victim Was Found Cut Up in a Freezer.

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Source: MEGA; Port Huron police

Sep. 24 2023, Published 4:06 p.m. ET

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A man killed an acquaintance on a retired Navy ship where both once lived. Then he stuffed the victim’s remains in a freezer and they weren’t found for months.

Now, the killer will never be free again.

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Recently, a judge in Michigan sentenced Reginald Grasty to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of William Orlow in 2000. Grasty was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, according to WJBK.

Orlow, 44, was found dismembered aboard a retired Navy ship called the “Grayfox” in Port Huron, Michigan, WJBK reported.

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Grayfox Association board chair Jim Semerad said Grasty lived on the ship with Orlow for about two weeks in October 2019 as part of a program, according to WJBK. The program helped provide job training to those going through tough times.

Orlow was later asked to leave because he violated the rules by drinking.

On June 23, 2020, his dismembered remains were found in a freezer on the ship. The ship was decommissioned and was once used for training sea cadets, according to the TV station. The ship was docked along the Saint Clair River.

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It is believed that Grasty stabbed the victim to death sometime in mid-January, according to the Port Huron Times-Herald.

Grasty was identified as a person of interest and arrested months later in Detroit, according to the Times-Herald.

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"(Orlow's) life still had potential, and who knows who he could have become. But the fact is, that man took away that potential," St. Clair Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Paul Soderberg said during the trial, according to the Times-Herald. "He murdered him. A most wicked murder."

It took the jury about an hour to reach its verdict on the murder charge, the Times-Herald noted.


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