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‘I don’t want to live anymore’ Tyrel Martin Marhanka stabs himself to death after drug conviction

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Tyrel Martin Marhanka as he was being led to court moments before stabbing himself to death.

How Tyrel Martin Marhanka an America emigre planned to take his life after having a court verdict handed to him for drug possession.

Tyrel Martin Marhanka an American emigre has stabbed himself to death in a Taiwan court after being sentenced to four year prison for marijuana and opium drug possession.

Upon hearing his sentence read, Marhanka, a 41 year old married father of two originally from Illinois turned to a translator who told him his punishment, with the condemned man responding, ‘Four years?’

Asked if he wanted to appeal his sentence, an incensed Marhanka stood up and said,  ‘I don’t want to live anymore.’

From there the English teacher, who’d being living in Taiwan for 15 years, took out a pair of scissors he’d smuggled past security guards, plunging the blades of each handle into both sides of his neck, severing his arteries and unleashing a gush of blood at the Changhua District Court on Thursday.

Taken to hospital, the man died a short time later the result of his planned suicide bid.

Tyrel Martin Marhanka
Tyrel Martin Marhanka lying on a stretcher as he is transported to emergency facilities.

Upon the American emigre’s death a report via AFP told of the court releasing the following statement: ‘We deeply regret that Tyrel Martin Marhanka killed himself during the sentencing,’

‘He was cooperative during the investigation and the trial. His attitude was mild and he did not show any signs that he would commit suicide.’

At the time of Marhanka’s self inflicted death, a report via the The Taipei Times told of the presumed drug dealer smuggling a pair of 8 inch scissors which he had separated into two blades.

Tyrel Martin Marhanka’s sentence had come after being arrested for possession of marijuana and other narcotics in April 2015.

Tryel Martin Marhanka

At the time,  a report via the The China Post told of police finding more than 200 cannabis plants, 195 dried cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies at a rented house in Yongjing Township, Changhua County.

It is thought the American father had bought the seeds from a British website.

When arrested, Tyrel Marhanka claimed he was using them for his personal use, denying selling them. 

Prior to his arrest, Tyrel Martin Marhanka, had been living in Taiwan for 15 years, having acquired a Taiwanese wife, a dancer, as well as two young children both attending infant school.

A neighbor told of the American emigre having lost his job as a teacher after being indicted and staying home most of the time with his children.

According to online records cited by the dailymail, Marhanka once worked at a Pizza Hut while living in the United States. 

He also had an Illinois real estate license. 

Since the man’s death, court officials told they planned to improve security by installing an X-ray machine that would be used to scan people before they entered a building. The court’s current facility, told security personnel, lacked adequate space for the equipment.

Tyrel Martin Marhanka

Tyrel Martin Marhanka
Police found more than 200 cannabis plants, 195 dried cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies at a house he rented in Yongjing Township, Changhua County.
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  • SilentHillSiren

    Yes, I do live in the US but if I were to travel our move to another country then I knew I would be subject to their laws. And just because I may not be prefect myself does not change my opinion that what he did was selfish and uncaring of his wife and children.

    And it’s not like he broke an obscure and arbitrary law. Presumably there were easy to find out guidelines on just how many plants you can grow for personal use and what crosses the line for intent to sell.

  • TB

    4 Years in a Chinese prison, I’m sure is no walk in the park. I assume nothing like a 4 yr sentence here in the states. I know someone personally that spent a few years in a Chinese prison and then 10 in a Thai prison. He had some very vivid stories! Not that the guy wasn’t in the wrong, but 4 yrs just for weed, Damn (Thurgood Jenkins)

  • samking73

    I consider myself right wing and I think the police state is BS. Actually, that used to be the Conservative view. People are just too dumb to know it.

  • samking73

    Pffft! I don’t know where you live but if it’s in the U.S. I promise you that you’re a law breaker yourself. You just don’t know it because there are so many laws on the books that you have to be a law expert to know it.

  • samking73

    I was getting ready to comment the same, just that you said it better than I could have. I totally agree.

  • Bella Dahna

    It’s a shame he felt he needed to end his life and leave his family. Who knows if there was more to it then a prison sentence. Drug treatment not prison should be given for people using drugs. Marijuana should be legal worldwide. Forty five year war on drugs with no end insight. Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2001 now 15 years later their experiment is considered a happy success. With the US private prisons and occupancy guarantee contracts it will never happen here. Three Arizona for-profit prison contracts have a staggering 100% quota. Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Ohio includes a 90% quota. Maybe other countries will see Portugal and change their laws and try and end their war on drugs.

  • Mia C✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

    Definitely. Very light sentence. He turned 4 years into a death penalty? He wouldn’t have even been mid way through his 40s. He really was a dumb, selfish drug pushing idiot.

  • Mia C✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

    What a dummy. His life was one bad decision after another. I’m guessing the “dancer” he married wasn’t a BALLET dancer, now was it? Plus, these countries are TOUGH on drug pushers and he was just going wild. That’s a lot of product he had. AND THEN HE GETS A SUPER LIGHT SENTENCE AND DOES THIS? Douche.

  • V…

    If we as human beings would stop treating each other with so much insane utter STUPIDITY this kind of thing might stop. Why not kill yourself.. a world where 4 years are thrown away for a mere drug possession?! it’s so insane it boggles the mind we live in such a crap world! No wonder suicide is on the rise! who in their right mind and with any level of intelligence would want to continue living in this cluster fuck society?! seriously.. it IS THAT fucking bad here! And if you don’t SEE that yet, give it some more time and it will sink in to that thick ape skull of yours eventually. This world IS shit. Unless we start improving things.. nobody can blame anyone for wanting to exit the stage. the laws suck, the judges are idiots and massive hypocrites and the powers that be should almost all be damned to perma hell for what they’ve turned this world into.

  • Serendog

    Only thinking of himself and not the future of his kid’s or wife,Pathetic

  • Mike g

    He was a Bladerunner for the Tyrell corporation.

  • Doc2222

    It’s certainly not surprising to see conservatives here siding with a foreign country over an American because of something that is legal in some states and soon will be all over the country. Any time somebody is suffering, it’s orgasm time for right wingers.

  • Me

    Play drug dealer games, win drug dealer prizes. So sad, too bad

  • Tony

    could have maybe a little less, 4 years, but he had a lot of pot, 4 years wasn’t wasn’t to bad for what he did, all that pot was a little too much for just yourself really, in china it is usually the death penalty to start with, this reporter with the emigre word, all these years this is the first time i seen anybody use it, guess he has to show how smart he is

  • Tom Ryan

    Obviously he has fried one to many brain cells. Hope you enjoy the afterlife!!

  • SilentHillSiren

    What an ass. More of the ‘You can’t punish me because I broke the law!” Attitude.

  • FreedomsDaughter

    Strikes me as a spoiled brat. Four years is a light sentence for drugs in those countries!

  • Itsjust Penny

    The family would have had him back in 4 years; now they will never have him back. How selfish of him for doing what he did.