Former Priest Feit Sentenced to Life in Prison for 1960 Murder

He may have gotten away with it for 57 years, but John Bernard Feit will die in prison, with the blood of a 25 year old woman brutally murdered in 1960 on his hands, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Feit, 85, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Irene Garza, who was last seen going to confession at the church where Feit was a visiting priest, during Holy Week in April of 1960.

Her body was found five days later, in a canal near the church in McAllen.

Testimony indicated Feit was fixated on 'young women wearing high heeled shoes' and had been disciplined for a previous incident.

Feit did not take the stand, but his legal team focused on a lack of  eyewitnesses who had seen Feit and Garza togethet the night of the murder.

Testimony also indicated the Catholic Church moved swiftly to encourage investigators to drop Feit as as suspect back in 1960.. Feit was quickly transferred out of McAllen, and one reason a Church leader gave was concern that lurid tales of a priest involved in a sex murder would hurt John Kennedy.. Kennedy was running for President at the time, and his Catholic faith was an issue in the campaign.

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