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Cop Gets Measly 180 Day-Sentence for Killing an Unarmed Man on Video for No Reason

Paradise, CA — In a rare semblance of justice, a cop who shot and killed an unarmed man for no reason as he climbed from a wrecked car, was found guilty in October. However, shooting and killing 26-year-old Andrew Thomas, officer Patrick Feaster was not sentenced until this month. For ending another man’s life for no reason, Feaster will only spend 6 months behind bars — if that.

Butte County Superior Court Judge James Reilley handed down the sentence last week of 180 days in jail and three years of probation. Feaster originally faced five years, but the judge chose to hand out 180 days instead.

According to ChicoER, in granting Feaster’s application for probation, the judge said Feaster had no prior criminal record, his crime was committed in unusual and “bizarre” circumstances that are unlikely to occur again, and he appears willing to abide by the terms of probation.

Last Thanksgiving, Thomas made a deadly decision to get behind the wheel after he’d been drinking. With his 23-year-old wife, Darien Ehorn in the passenger’s seat, Thomas left the Canteena Bar and was immediately pursued by Feaster.

In a pursuit that barely lasted a minute, Thomas lost control of his Toyota Four-Runner, hit the median and flipped over. Tragically, Ehorn was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene.

Officer Feaster then gets out of his vehicle, gun drawn, and as Thomas attempts to get out of the vehicle, in a likely attempt to check on his wife, the cop shoots him in the neck. Weeks later, Thomas would die from the gunshot wounds.

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Thomas posed absolutely no threat to the officer who was 10-20 feet away from Thomas when he fired. There was no possible way the department could spin the shooting into Feaster somehow fearing for his life. So, they did something entirely different.

They claimed it was an accident.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced last December that Feaster would not face any charges, claiming that Feaster’s gun merely “went off” when it struck Thomas in the neck.

If this truly were an accidental shooting, Feaster would have probably reported firing his gun. But that didn’t happen.

When backup arrived on the scene, Feaster said nothing of discharging his firearm. For 11 minutes, Thomas lay bleeding out in the vehicle before anyone even found the shot.

Only when the commanding officer on the scene suggested an investigator return to the Canteena to find out if Thomas had been shot at the bar did Feaster reveal he’d pulled the trigger.

 

 

In spite of the initial attempts by the DA to let Feaster off scot free, he had a change of heart when met with serious backlash from protesters and Feaster was finally charged and tried.

The jury of seven men and five women returned the verdict after one day of deliberations in October.

“My life is forever changed,” Thomas’s mother, Victoria Rose Woodward, said last week after Feaster was sentenced. “The grieving will continue. That doesn’t stop. That empty spot will always be there.”

In October, Ramsey said he was pleased with the guilty verdict. “We’re grateful that the jury, in this case, found the just verdict and the just verdict was of course, finding him guilty of the involuntary manslaughter,” he said.  “It’s also validation of the standard that we should have in our county, as well as the nation that such shooting is… someone will be held accountable for and Mr. Feaster was held accountable.”

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However, that sentiment changed after the sentencing last week when Ramsey voiced his disappointment with such a lax sentence.

According to ChicoER, Ramsey argued for Feaster to be sentenced to four years in jail, saying the shooting was not an accidental tragedy but an incident where a trained police officer shot and killed an unarmed man who posed no threat.

According to Feaster’s attorney, the cop should have been able to kill Thomas and not face any consequences. Even if it was truly an accident, that defense is worthless as this cop’s negligence still led to the needless loss of life.

The good news is that this negligently deadly officer will never be allowed back on a police department again, nor will he be able to own a firearm.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • TOPDOG1

    This is a milestone for police prosecution. Most cops are given only a pat on the back or a hand bump along with a weeks paid vacation for their murders. Until prosecutors are held responsible as accomplices to murder for not prosecuting these murder’s wearing badges, the police misconduct will only get worse.

  • He shoots when he sees someone pop their head out of the flipped car. Wow, cops are geared to shoot first and ask questions later. Cops see everything as a threat and you are taking your life in your hands by just being in their presence.

  • James Malagese

    Cops are generally pussies. They are always “fearing for their lives” even when they have layers and layers of gear that prevents them from getting hurt in almost any situation. Pussies!

    • TechGump

      This wasn’t fear. This was simple premeditated murder.

  • jtaylor2306

    You can see the son of a [email protected] looking for the spent casing! He knew darn well he discharged his weapon. Freaking fat coward

  • Prince

    Let it be known he’s a cop in the joint, he won’t make it out.

    • Blaine

      County jail isn’t “the joint”, his crew will be able to keep close tabs on their boy.

  • Rosie Sanchez Perez

    this just discusses me as a mom who just lost her son to a police being in ”fear of their life” as he ran ”FROM” them …..only to get 2 weeks off with pay. Why hasn’t anything been done decades ago toward the ones who are sworn to PROTECT and SERVE our families? A total of 1007 officer involved so far in 2016. Will we ever get answers?, when will we see CHANGE? something has to be done..

  • Guy

    Hey You All ! I live not to far from the town of Paradise where this happened. To say the community Is “Not Pleased”as the results of the DA’s and the cop actions too, would be a understatement ! Everybody knew that the fix was in, for the cop to get off with a wrist slap, cop probation or no charge befor it ever went to trial. The DA tried for the no charge first and people got ready to run him out of town, so he changed his attitude and got the wrist slap ! Both the DA and Cop have big targets on there backs now and when cop get out in 90 day’s ! Paradise is a small town, they like to deer hunt and accidents happen !

  • Blaine

    I first saw this video shortly after it went public, is one of the most chilling bits of video murder one is liable to come across – cold blooded double tap to the neck.

    6 months in jail where his boys will have his back 24/7, this is not justice.

    • Kyrkos Ekaterinaris

      Everyone else will “have his back” too, if you know what I mean.

      • Blaine

        Don’t count on it, jail is not prison. He’ll probably be drinking beer and eating chips instead of tossing salads all around. Heck, the guards will probably toss him the odd punk so he can let off some steam.

  • Automated vechicles cannot come fast enough.

  • Joe Tittiger

    It’s a big damn club and you are not in it!