Handyman sentenced to 30-60 years in designer’s killing

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 49-year-old Warren handyman will spend 30-60 years behind bars for the murder of Grosse Pointe interior designer Daniel Clancy.

David Corzilius was sentenced by Third Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard for second-degree murder in the death of 69-year-old Clancy in March.

Corzilius pleaded guilty Nov. 7 before the start of his trial for second-degree murder. The other charges, assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, larceny in a building and assault with a deadly weapon, were dropped as a part of his plea.

Authorities said Corzilius stabbed Clancy around 4:30 p.m. March 6 after allegedly being angry over the victim making a pass at him. Police said there were signs of a struggle in Clancy’s Grosse Pointe Farms home and that paintings valued at about $100,000 were taken from the house. They said Corzilius allegedly tried to sell one at a Detroit pawn shop.

Clancy was discovered on the sidewalk outside his house. Police believe Corzilius demanded money from Clancy and then hit him in the face and eventually bound his hands with tape. He then slashed Clancy in the neck with a knife, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said earlier this year, and drove away from the victim’s home with the stolen property in his truck.

Clancy died about a month later of injuries to his neck and complications of head trauma, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The victim was a popular interior designer with Perlmutter-Freiwald Inc. in Franklin.

Corzilius, an alleged substance abuser, told police his “original motive” was not to steal from Clancy. He told them he went back “to settle the score.”


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