UPDATE: Jason Shenfeld
JASON SHENFELD SENTENCED TO LIFE
by Katie Brace|WPTV Channel 5, Tampa Bay
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — A plea deal in the high-profile murder of a Palm Beach Gardens softball star. Jason Shenfeld (Original PYSIH Story) will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Amanda Buckley.
Eighteen-year-old Amanda Buckley was killed in July of 2007. Her friend, Jason Shenfeld, was twenty-six at the time. Buckley’s body was found in his closet.
According to court records, duct tape was found in Buckley’s hair. She had extensive bruising. Investigators concluded the trauma was so severe Shenfeld intentionally killed Buckley.
Under a plea deal, Shenfeld pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping and two counts of sexual battery. He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. By taking the deal, Shenfeld avoids the possibility of the death penalty if he was convicted at trial.
Bill Johnson, the Buckley’s attorney, says the family is happy with the plea. They didn’t want to take another human life for one already taken. He says the family wanted to put the chapter behind them instead of going to trial and then years of appeals. He says Shenfeld never apologized or expressed remorse to the Buckley family.
Jason Shenfeld’s attorneys say he took the deal because at some point you have to do what’s in the best interest of everyone involved. Attorneys Brian Gabriel and Bryan Raymond say there are hundreds of factors for agreeing to the deal and one of the biggest factors is the possibility of the death penalty if Jason Shenfeld was convicted.
The Buckley family has set up a foundation “Give A Smile To A Child” to help families and children dealing with tragedies beyond their control.
According to police reports, Shenfeld’s father found Buckley’s body stuffed in his son’s closet, wedged between blankets and other objects. The 26-year-old’s father said he noticed his son was acting nervous that day and had been locking his bedroom door every time he left it.
Shenfeld’s father drove to his attorney’s home, leaving his wife to stand guard over the body. Afterwards, Shenfeld’s Dad returned home and called 911 ((Hear 911 Call))
Investigators said they found duct tape in Buckley’s hair, bruises on her body and evidence of rape.
An autopsy revealed the Amanda Buckley was strangled, beaten and sexually abused.
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