Angelo Felice (center) was sentenced to 14.5 years in prison on July 20 at the King County Courthouse for the 2011 murder of Hokum W Jeebs in the Fauntleroy neighborhood of West Seattle. PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MORE.
UPDATE: Felice sentenced to 14.5 years in prison for murdering Hokum W. Jeebs
Updated to include testimony from Friday's sentencing. Additional photos also added (please click the photo above to see more).
20-year-old Angelo Felice was sentenced to just over 14 and a half years in prison on July 20 after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death of Hokum W. Jeebs (aka Robert Stabile) in West Seattle.
King County Judge John Erlick handed down the sentence after listening to victim testimony from friends and loved ones of Jeebs, a well-known Vaudeville musician and performer going back to the 1970s in San Francisco.
Felice stabbed Jeebs to death at his 44th Ave S.W. home on February 16, 2011 in what detectives called an attempted robbery that turned deadly.
Felice faced a range of 10 to 18 years, with prosecutors and the defense recommending 11.6 years according to guilty plea court documents. Judge Erlick decided to go against the recommendation, tacking on an additional three years to the sentence.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to second degree murder on June 13 after initially being charged with first degree murder.
Jeeb’s partner, Dr. Anita Schaeffer, who lived with him and was home at the time of the attack, addressed the court and Felice, who she called “Angelo.”
“He was funny, smart, incredibly talented, very warm and giving,” she said of Jeebs. “We made a wonderful life together … in this world we lose our loved ones sometimes … heart attack, dementia, AIDS … Murder is different.
“In the last few minutes of his life, he was terrified. I believe that Hokum saved my life that night … he had the presence … to lead his attacker outside (the home) instead of into my room.
“At the end of his life he was able to come up to be with me and that was a very precious moment to me.”
Dr. Schaeffer left her statements with, “As we go now from this moment, as we leave behind our time together, may we care for one another, may we realize how precious we are.”
Anton “Tony” Zafereo spoke next.
“I very, very dearly miss my friend Bob Stabile, Hokum. It is almost odd to call him Bob because he was Hokum when I met him and Hokum, I think, most of his life.
“He was well beyond being one of the best friends I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some great friends. This guy was truly unique and certainly became part of my extended family.
“Those of us who are here today and many others who aren’t have been robbed by this whole event just as surely as Hokum has been murdered. He was the reason that many of us even met in the first place.”
Zafereo pleaded with the court to consider the highest possible sentence for Felice.
“He clearly, I think, went to the house with the full intent to at least commit robbery and ended up viciously murdering my friend. I know because I saw it (the aftermath), it was tough to see that he had obviously been chased around, and it is going to be a hard thing to keep (that memory down).”
“I’m stunned that the law would allow such a mild punishment for such an egregious, heinous act of selfishness,” he said.
Speaking last, Michael Mielnik said he was a fellow Vaudeville performer with Jeebs over many years (Mielnik’s stage name is Chumly).
“It was so unnecessary; you took a dear friend, an uncle to my kids,” Mielnik said. “It was just so unnecessary, my only wish is that you develop a conscience and are tormented by it until it motivates you to do something good.”
Felice did not shy away from looking at the victim’s of his act during their testimonies and appeared emotionless in his facial expressions.
When given a chance to speak, he said, “My actions took away someone they love and there is no amount of apologies or anything I can say that could truly bring him back and take away the pain …
“I know throughout this time (in prison) I’m just going to make it as beneficial as I can and when I get out, try to help someone else from making the mistake I did because one small mistake can change a lot of peoples’ lives and (turning to address Jeeb’s friends a family) I’m sorry, there is nothing I can do.”
Judge Erlick took a moment of silence before addressing the court.
“I think it doesn’t need to be said that this is a tragedy all around. Obviously for a very loved and beloved victim, Hokum, Mr. Stabile and for his friends and family, so many of you whose letters I’ve read over the last several days.
“Tragedy for the defendant here who will be entering prison as a young man and leaving as he approaches the middle age of life. I read the background of the defendant and it is clear to me that he had an unfortunate, challenging upbringing characterized as the proverbial lost soul who ended up welcomed into the home of Mr. Stabile.
“As to the victim, Hokum, there were suggestions made that perhaps he engaged in some inappropriate kind of conduct. Nobody really knows what happened that night except for one person here, and that is Mr. Felice.
“The victim is not here to defend himself or his reputation, but there is no action or conduct that can possibly justify having his life cut short like this.
“It is relatively infrequent that this court does not give significant deference to the parties through their council … when they reach a recommended resolution to the court, but it is only a recommendation.
“There is nothing I can do today to bring back Hokum, but I can try to give him some justice for this senseless crime, for this needless loss to his friends and family members."
Judge Erlick then sentenced Felice to just over 14 and a half years in prison.
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