Teacher gets half of the expected 11 years detention at most.
After listening to more than a dozen people speak on Feurer’s behalf, Judge Larry Hayes said her positive contributions to society outweighed the aggravated circumstances of the crime that would have called for the maximum sentence of 11 years in prison.
Feurer, 66, was charged with murder in the death of 80-year-old Joseph Francis Cupita and could have been sentenced to life in prison had she been convicted at trial. She pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in October.
Lynne Nicole Feurer Sentenced To Six Years
Teacher gets 11 years detention at most.
Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced Monday that Lynne Nicole Feurer, age 66 of Pacific Grove, entered a guilty plea to the charge of voluntary manslaughter for the death of her cohabitant, Joseph Cupita.
The defendant will be sentenced on December 11, 2009, by Judge Larry E. Hayes and faces three, six or eleven years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Lynne Nicole Feurer Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter
In Joseph Cupita’s last moments, his live-in companion was kneeling on his chest, suffocating him, and smothering his face with a pillow as the 81-year-old man grappled for his life, according to a picture painted by a prosecutor during a preliminary hearing for Lynne Nicole Feurer on Friday.
Prosecutor Elaine McCleaf presented witnesses who said tiny hemorrhages in Cupita’s face and chest areas showed he died of asphyxiation. Bite wounds on his hands and arms and scratches from his own fingernails on his face indicated he was trying to fight off his attacker when he died. There was also blood on his pillow, according to testimony.
Continuing – Lynn Nicole Feurer
A Pacific Grove woman accused of suffocating her husband will be unshackled and in street clothes when she faces preliminary hearing Friday.
Judge James Cadle granted the motion by the defense attorney for Lynne Nicole Feurer, 65. Frank Dice argued that forcing Feurer to appear shackled and in orange-and-white-striped jail garb conveys an image of guilt.
About time . .
Lynne Nicole Feurer Can Change Wardrobe
A former Seaside High School teacher accused of killing her elderly companion was in court Tuesday, and officials revealed how her companion died.
The report also indicated that Cupita “sustained forceful pressure on his chest while being smothered.”
Nichol Lynn Feurer’s Husband Died From Smothering
A judge refused Wednesday to lower the bail for a Seaside High School teacher accused of murdering her elderly male companion.
Visiting Judge Arjuna Saraydarian rejected a bail-reduction motion by the attorney for Lynne Nicole Feurer, 65, who was arrested by Pacific Grove police late last month.
Feurer is accused of killing Joseph Cupita, 81, at the couple’s home May 29. She has been held in jail on $1 million bail since being charged with Cupita’s death.
Defense attorney Frank Dice argued that her bail be lowered, citing her background in the community. He presented several letters from community members who said she is a good person.
No Bail Reduction For Lynne Nicole Feurer
A Seaside High School teacher arrested on suspicion of murdering her longtime partner said she was the victim of constant domestic abuse and was defending herself at the time of his death, a police report says.
Lynn Nicole Feurer said she recalled wrestling with Cupita and being on top of him on a bed on the second floor of their apartment on the 300 block of Eighth Street in Pacific Grove, the report says.
At one point during the fight, Feurer told Uretsky, Cupita stopped fighting — or moving at all, the document states.
Lynn Nicole Feurer Claims Domestic Abuse
Pacific Grove police arrested a longtime Seaside High School teacher Tuesday in connection with the city’s first homicide since 2002.
Lynne Nicole Feurer, 65, known to friends and neighbors as Nicole, was arrested on homicide charges about 10:30 a.m. after officers found 81-year-old Joseph Francis Cupita dead in a duplex shared by the two in the 300 block of Eighth Street.
Feurer was first picked up by Monterey police at the London Bridge Pub near Wharf No. 2, after she reportedly told a visiting newlywed she killed her husband, said bartender Jason Wallace, who was on duty that night.
P.G. Woman Accused Of Slaying Spouse