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