On March 7, Eevette MacDonald was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation in connection with the dismemberment of Stephen McAfee of Macomb Township.

On March 7, Eevette MacDonald was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation in connection with the dismemberment of Stephen McAfee of Macomb Township.

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A ‘cold, calculating, lying monster’

Murder accomplice MacDonald sentenced to one year in jail

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 8, 2019

 Suzanne McAfee, the mother of Stephen McAfee, addresses the court on March 7 at the sentencing of Eevette MacDonald. She is joined by her family — Kate, Jonathan and Mike.

Suzanne McAfee, the mother of Stephen McAfee, addresses the court on March 7 at the sentencing of Eevette MacDonald. She is joined by her family — Kate, Jonathan and Mike.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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... cold, calculating, lying monster that has no regard for the sanctity of life. Eevette MacDonald disgusts me.

Jonathan McAfee, Stephen’s older brother

MOUNT CLEMENS — The woman charged in connection with the murder of a Macomb Township teenager will join her ex-boyfriend in jail.

Eevette MacDonald was sentenced March 7 in the courtroom of 16th Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce to one year in jail and three years of probation.

This comes nearly three years to the day of when Andrew Fiacco murdered Stephen McAfee on March 10, 2016, in the area of 34 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

The 20-year-old MacDonald — who lived in Shelby Township at the time McAfee’s remains were found — helped her ex-boyfriend Fiacco cover up a murder, dismembering and burying the body of the 19-year-old McAfee.

In December, MacDonald pleaded guilty to one count of accessory after the fact to a felony and one count of disinterment and mutilation of dead bodies.

Under the plea deal, MacDonald’s third charge of lying to a police officer was dismissed at the sentencing. Also at the sentencing, Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, or HYTA, was denied.

HYTA is intended to help young people keep a clean criminal record. 

Accessory after the fact is punishable by up to five years in prison, and disinterment and mutilation of dead bodies is punishable by up 10 years in prison.

As part of her probation, MacDonald will be tested for drugs and alcohol. She is not to have contact with anyone with a felony record and not use or possess a weapon. She is not to have any contact the McAfee family.

In February, Fiacco, 21, was found guilty of second-degree murder, felony firearm, disinterment and mutilation of dead bodies, and lying to a police officer in a violent crime investigation.

His sentencing is set for March 21. 

On Jan. 31, MacDonald testified in Fiacco’s trial, saying that she told detectives about death threats and physical threats made to her by Fiacco.

In 2017, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said that a break came in the case on April 26, when MacDonald’s friend and her father came to the Sheriff’s Office and provided information that the woman had received from MacDonald.

Minutes before MacDonald was handcuffed and removed by Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies, her attorney Josh West said that this case is one of the toughest he’s been involved with in his 20-year career.

“My client’s actions were criminal, the worst of the worst,” he said. “After this, she did the right thing. She entered into an agreement with the prosecutor’s office to testify against Mr. Fiacco without certainty as to what the sentence would be.”

In her brief remarks to the court, MacDonald apologized for “being cowardly and not coming forward with the information that I had. I am so sorry for what happened to Stephen. I am sorry the family had false hope for all those months. I would take it back in a heartbeat, if I could.” 

Faunce called MacDonald’s crimes heinous beyond belief.

“I think the worst part is that you had over a year to allow this family to start their closure,” she said. “The torment is beyond my comprehension and I’m sure those scars will never go away. For those reasons, I will not grant you HYTA.” 

McAfee’s father, Mike McAfee, was the first family member to read a victim impact statement.

“My feelings of frustration, fear and anxiety for not finding Stephen went on for many months and days,” he said. “I believe Eevette MacDonald will never understand what her actions did to me and my family. I don’t think she feels remorse for what she has done. I believe that if she didn’t confide in a friend about Stephen’s body, it would still be buried in Andrew’s backyard, encased in cement. Steve did not deserve to have his body mutilated and moved.”

McAfee’s mother, Suzanne McAfee followed her husband, saying in part, “We will all miss Stephen’s sense of humor and his smile when he would laugh.”

She said that the day Stephen was murdered, her heart was forever changed and her family would never be the same. 

Katherine McAfee, Stephen’s 25-year-old sister, started by asking how she could simply summarize the past three years of her life and the pain that she daily carries.

“The second Stephen was born, he became the light of my world,” Katherine said. “From that day on, I was taught as an older sister to always look out for my little brother. It’s that lesson that has haunted me daily.” 

When it came to addressing MacDonald, Katherine said, “Any female who could date him could not be a decent human. She didn’t pull the trigger, but as one young girl to another young girl, I can’t fathom what she has done. Eevette knew the act she participated in that day was wrong.”

Jonathan McAfee, Stephen’s older brother, described Stephen as a talented artist who loved drawing. He said that his brothers drawings are some of his most treasured possessions. 

He ended his statement, saying that MacDonald is a “cold, calculating, lying monster that has no regard for the sanctity of life. Eevette MacDonald disgusts me.”    

Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Josh Van Laan requested $14,191 in restitution that includes funeral, burial and memorial expenses.

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