Priest, 84, who beat, raped and strangled a Texas beauty queen before dumping her body in a canal in 1960 is sentenced to life in prison

Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

John Bernard Feit, 84, was sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 murder of Texas beauty queen, Irene Garza, 25
He was charged with murder in February 2016 after decades of walking free
Garza was last seen alive on the night before Easter in 1960, when she went to the then 27-year-old priest for confession
Her body was found five days later in a canal and an autopsy revealed that she had been raped while unconscious and then beaten and asphyxiated
Feit was questioned by police at the time but he was ruled out as a suspect
The case went cold twice before a new jury indicted Feit in February 2016
Jury selection began Monday while opening arguments started Friday

9 December 2017

A former Catholic priest was found guilty in the brutal murder of a Texas beauty queen nearly six decades ago, a jury announced Thursday.

John Bernard Feit, 84, was sentenced to life in prison for the death of 25-year-old Irene Garza, who disappeared the night before Easter in April 1960. She was found dead in a canal five days later.

Prosecutors had pushed for a 57 year sentence for Feit – which was reflective of the time he spent walking free from the heinous crime. He was indicted for the murder last February.

The gorgeous Garza was a schoolteacher and Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958 before she abruptly vanished.
She was last seen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, where she was a parishioner, visiting Feit for confession.

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