A Burlington County man was sentenced today to 47 years in State Prison for the murder of two sisters and the stabbing of his then girlfriend.
Mark Lyczak 45, of Burlington Township, will be required to serve at least 40 years of his sentence before he could be eligible for parole. He would be in his mid-eighties. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Thomas Shusted of the New Jersey Superior Court in accordance with a plea agreement.
Lyczak previously pled guilty to two counts of first-degree Murder for the fatal stabbing of two sisters, Colleen Brownell and Alysia McCloskey. He also pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Assault of a 43-year-old woman who was his girlfriend at the time.
On December 30, 2017, Collingswood Police responded to the home of Alysia McCloskey on East Narberth Terrace in Collingswood after receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls for reports of a man armed with a knife. Lyczak had arrived at the home looking for his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Brownell. During an altercation inside of the house, Lyczak stabbed all three victims.
When police arrived, they found Alysia McCloskey laying on the front porch and Colleen Brownell inside of the house on the living room floor. Both sisters were suffering from multiple stab wounds and were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The surviving 43-year-old victim was found on the couch with Lyczak on top of her. The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was treated and eventually released. The identity of the third victim is not being released at this time.
Police arrested Lyczak at the residence. He was taken to the Collingswood Police Department where he was later charged.
The family of Colleen Brownell and Alysia McCloskey was present in court for the sentencing. Several family members addressed the court. The parents of Alysia McCloskey and Colleen Brownell stated in part, “Our daughters will always be in our hearts and minds- nothing will ever change that for us. We will now attempt to put these evil acts behind us, continue the healing process, gather our remaining family and friends around us, and rededicate ourselves to positive and productive private lives.”
Released Friday, February 1, 2019.