A former clergyman will finally pay for his sins.
John Bernard Feit, 85, was imprisoned Thursday in the decades-old murder of Irene Garza, a Texas teacher and miss universe “whos been” inspected his religion for confession.
The jury handed down its rule Thursday night after deliberating for about 6 1/2 hours at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg.
Feit was accused of asphyxiating the 25 -year-old woman on April 16, 1960 after she visited Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.
Garza never returned home. Her torso turned up 5 days later in a canal, The Monitor reported.
An autopsy determined that Garza, who was Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958, was thumped and abused while unconscious and asphyxiated.
Prosecutors presented evidence that elected and faith officers supposed Feit of killing the woman but wanted to avoid prosecuting him because it would harm the church’s honour and elected official politically.
A former friar too told jurors that Feit professed to him three years after the killing and depicted no remorse.
Feit had been accused of assaulting another young woman in a religion in a nearby city simply weeks before Garza’s death. He eventually pleaded no tournament and was fined $500. He left the priesthood in 1972.
The disgraced priest is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. He could be sentenced to up to 99 times or life imprisonment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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