A Mascoutah man has received an 18-year prison sentence for killing another man who was letting him stay at his house in 2013.
St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina Cruse sentenced Joshua A. Rogers, 26, on Tuesday for the killing of Richard Feldt, 58.
Rogers initially was charged with first-degree murder in 2013, but it was reduced to second-degree after he said it was in self-defense. He entered a plea Tuesday of “guilty but mentally ill.”
“I’ll just say I’m sorry for all the hardship,” Rogers told the judge. “And I honestly believe I’m a different person since being incarcerated. And I’m just ready to continue the rest of my time and just get — be a better person when I get out, so — that’s about it.”
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I’ll just say I’m sorry for all the hardship. And I honestly believe I’m a different person since being incarcerated. And I’m just ready to continue the rest of my time and just get — be a better person when I get out, so — that’s about it.
Joshua Rogers, defendant
Rogers had been staying at Feldt’s residence and was working for him. But on Nov. 30, 2013, the two men got into an argument, during which Feldt told Rodgers to leave his house, according to Rogers.
Rogers refused, so Feldt then went to the kitchen, returned with two knives, and began slashing at Rogers, according to Rogers.
The two men got into a fight, and Feldt dropped the knives. Rogers then picked one up and ran to the front door to leave, he told police, but Feldt “came up behind him with the other knife.”
Rogers told police he “turned around and ran back into the bedroom” where Feldt ran after him.
Rogers then stabbed Feldt in the chest and ran back to the front door, but Feldt continued to chase him, according to Rogers.
At that moment, he later told a Mascoutah detective, “he saw red” and stabbed Feldt repeatedly.
A few days later, on Dec. 2, 2013, Mascoutah police showed up at Feldt’s home for a well-being check after his friends and family reported not seeing him for three days.
When officers entered the home, they found Feldt on the floor on his back in a pool of blood, with a black-handled steak knife and a handle of another knife next to him. Rogers was relaxing on a couch nearby.
After he was taken into custody, police read him his Miranda rights, but Rogers elected to speak voluntarily with officers.
Rogers was sentenced to 18 years in prison with two years of probation upon release.
Feldt was nine days away from his 59th birthday.