Former priest, convicted murderer John Feit dies in prison

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John Feit enters the 92nd state District Court before the verdict was read in his trial for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, Texas. Feit was found guilty of Garza’s murder. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)

A former Texas priest convicted of murder in the rape of 25-year-old school teacher Irene Garza in December 2017, died in prison on Wednesday.

According to Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, John Bernard Feit died of natural causes.

Feit was sentenced to life in prison in 2017 for killing Garza back in 1960

During the punishment phase of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Michael J. Garza asked the jury to sentence Feit to 57 years in prison – the number of years he spent as a free man after the murder. 

As CBS 4 reported, Garza disappeared on April 16, 1960, and her bludgeoned body was found days later. An autopsy revealed she had been raped while unconscious, beaten and suffocated. 

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Feit was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen. 

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