|Walter Feldman, Centerview, MO|
Missouri man sentenced to 30 years for helping friend kill his father
WARRENSBURG, Missouri A northwest Missouri man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for helping a friend kill his father in January 2012.
Christopher Hendren was sentenced for second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Hayes Feldman of Centerview.
Testimony during the trial showed Hendren, who was 16 at the time, accompanied Jacob Feldman to the elder Feldman's home, where the victim was shot. The Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1FWjzMe ) investigators said Hendren helped carry the guns that Feldman used to shoot his father.
Witnesses at Friday's sentencing said Hendren was a good student with no behavior problems before the shooting. But prosecutors say Hendren did nothing to stop Feldman from killing his father.
Jacob Feldman is currently serving a 55-year sentence for his father's death.
Feldman pleads to murder charge, receives 55year sentence
SUE STERLING Staff writer | Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 Daily Star Journal
Warrensburg – , 20, received a 55 year prison sentence Friday after he entered guilty pleas in Johnson County Circuit Court to second degree murder, armed criminal action and first degree burglary.
Jacob H. Feldman Charges stemmed from the January 2012 shooting death of his father, Walter H. Feldman, at the elder Feldman’s Centerview house.
Jacob Feldman, shackled and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, kept his head bowed during most of the hearing before Circuit Judge, and in front of an audience of 10 family members and several law enforcement personnel.
Mike Wagner Assistant Prosecutor said the state recommended a 25 year sentence for the murder charge, 20 years for armed criminal action and 10 years for burglary. Sentences will run consecutively. JoLeigh Fischer Prosecuting Attorney said Public Defenders and contacted him Wednesday about considering a reduced charge in exchange for the guilty plea.
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Feldman’s original indictment charged him with first degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence without parole if convicted. The second degree murder charge carries a penalty of 10 to 30 years or life in prison.
Russell said uncertainty about how the Supreme Court will decide the issue of whether a juvenile can be sentenced to life without parole meant the county might have to retry the case in the future if Feldman were convicted of first degree murder.
He said prosecutors consulted with the victim’s family members, who “felt comfortable” with the reduced charge if Feldman received “an adequate number of years” in prison. On Friday, the state filed the new charges. Wagner then arraigned Feldman and entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
Pursuant to the agreement, Feldman withdrew the not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to the three charges.
Berrigan said Feldman underwent two mental evaluations. A psychiatrist and a psychologist found him competent to stand trial and to assist in his defense. He said an issue of “diminished capacity” would have resulted in a jury verdict of second degree murder if the case went to trial.
During the hearing, Berrigan said Feldman had been treated throughout childhood for mental problems.
Feldman said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He continues to take medication for problems that include depression. Fischer presented exhibits to the court that included excerpts from the statement he made to officers following his arrest Feb. 28, 2012. He admitted he went to his father’s house, entered his bedroom and shot him in the head several times, “each time putting the casing in his pocket.”
Fischer also showed Wagner a photo of Feldman holding a rifle behind his father’s house about an hour before the shooting. After the shooting, she said, Feldman returned to his father’s house and put away the rifle. Berrigan said the confession came after six hours of interrogation by police. Judge denied a defense motion to suppress the confession, he said, adding Feldman knows the guilty plea means he will give up his right to appeal that ruling.
After Feldman pleaded guilty to the three charges, Berrigan questioned him about the facts in the case and acknowledged he had gone to Walter Feldman’s house the morning of Jan. 23, 2012, and knowingly caused his death by shooting him multiple times while he slept in bed.
In response to Berrigan’s questions, Feldman agreed he intentionally shot Walter Feldman with a deadly weapon, entered the house without permission “with the express purpose of committing murder,” and took multiple rifles to the house to kill his father. The defense waived a sentencing assessment report and asked Wagner to impose the sentence at the hearing Friday. Feldman declined to say anything on his own behalf and cried as Wagner pronounced sentence. After the hearing, Russell said the prosecution had been preparing to begin Feldman’s trial next week on the first degree murder charge until the defense requested the plea bargain.
He said the psychiatrist and psychologist had been deposed and agreed that Feldman “suffers from mental disease or defect and lacks the ability to coolly reflect upon his actions … and lacks impulse control.”
However, he said, they also agreed that Feldman “did not lack criminal responsibility.” “It all came together about 9 a.m. (Friday),” he said, when Berrigan notified him Feldman would accept the plea agreement.“I feel from the family’s perspective, they have a sense of closure and finality today,” Russell said. “We’re happy to help give the family closure.”
Feldman granted continuance in murder case
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|Walter "Hayes" Feldman, of Centerview, passed away on Jan. 25, 2012, at his home.|
Hayes was born Dec. 10, 1970, in Sedalia. He was 41 years old.
Hayes is survived by his parents, Ted R. and Jayne Feldman of Holden; his children, Jacob Hayes Feldman of Centerview, and Judd Walter Ward-Feldman of Warrensburg; stepson, Joe Ward of Warrensburg; his brothers, Rex Feldman and wife, Susan, of Kansas City; David Feldman and wife, Jill, of Centerview; sisters, Sheria Yancey and husband, Jesse, of St. Clair, Ardith Huey and Jeff Gilliard of Rockledge, Fla.; plus many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Theodore and Mary Feldman and Loren and Constance Peerson; one niece, Elisa Jane Feldman; and great-nephew, Christian William Feldman.
Hayes was deeply devoted to his children. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he shared his skills with his children, nieces, nephews and friends. He once put a kite on the end of a fishing pole and it went high up in the sky; he then gave it to his nieces and nephews to reel in. Hayes was just learning the game of golf and enjoying the game. He loved to spend time with friends and family. Hayes attended Crest Ridge High School and worked in the construction business all of his adult life.
Visitation will be held at Sweeney-Phillips Funeral Home in Warrensburg from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. Services for Hayes will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warrensburg at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, with Fr. Pete Savidge from St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Holden and Fr. Joseph Miller C.PP.S. from Sacred Heart officiating. Pallbearers are Zachary Yancey, Christopher Huey, Derek Feldman, Matt Venable, Tony Hillsman and Ron Goodwin. Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg.
Contributions are requested in lieu of flowers to the Walter Hayes Feldman Memorial Fund and can be left at the funeral home.
Our condolences to the family and friends from the Warrensburg High School classes of 73.
Major case squad investigates Centerview, Mo., murder
CENTERVIEW, Mo. -- The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said investigators continue to looks for clues in a homicide case in Centerview this week.
The death of a man in rural Centerview, Mo. is being investigated as a homicide.
At 11:33 a.m. on Jan. 25 police responded to a medical call in the 300 block of Graham St. in Centerview. When they arrived they found Walter Hayes Feldman, 41, dead from a gunshot wound.
Hayes Feldman was in his bed at the time.
More than two dozen investigators with the Major Case Squad are assisting the Johnson County, Mo. Sheriff’s Office with the case. They have pursued around 60 leads in the case.
Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss said that this was the first homicide in Centerview in his 16 years on the job.
The population of the town is around 250 people.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Johnson County Sheriff’s office at 660-747-6469.
Son charged in murder of Centerview, Mo., man
Jacob H. Feldman
A 17-year-old Centerview, Mo., resident has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his father. According to investigators, Jacob Hayes Feldman shot his father with three bullets to the head from a .22 caliber rifle on Jan. 22. The victim, 41-year-old Walter Hayes Feldman, was discovered dead in his Centerview home three days later. The Rural Missouri Major Case Squad was called to investigate.
Investigators say the younger Feldman, who did not live with his father, and a juvenile went to the home and found the elder Feldman asleep in his bed. The suspect is also charged with armed criminal action and first-degree burglary. He is in the Johnson County, Mo, jail in lieu of $750,000 cash bond. The other person is in the custody of juvenile authorities.
Sheriff's office: Teen accused of killing fatherPosted: Mar 02, 2012 3:35 AM
CENTERVIEW, MO (KCTV) -
A 17-year-old Missouri man is accused of killing his father. Jacob Feldman is charged with murder.
His father, 41-year-old Walter Hayes Feldman, was shot and killed in his bed in his Centerview, MO, home on Jan. 25.
Investigators said Jacob Feldman confessed to the crime. The son told authorities that he and another juvenile found Walter Feldman asleep in his bed and he fired three bullets from a .22 caliber rifle into his dad as he slept.
Feldman is being held on a $750,000 cash bond.
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