Feeney gets 70 years for April double murder

2011-12-19T21:00:00Z 2012-07-31T18:13:48Z Feeney gets 70 years for April double murderBy Tony Lystra / The Daily News Longview Daily News
December 19, 2011 9:00 pm  • 

Michael Lynn Feeney will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the April 11 murders of his ex-wife Dana Enyeart and her former boyfriend Bruce Kamp.

Before a courtroom packed with Enyeart's and Kamp's relatives and friends, Feeney, 44, of Longview pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of premeditated murder and one count of first-degree burglary.

Cowlitz Superior Court Judge Michael Evans, moved by the brutality of the shootings and the devastation visited on the families involved, wept as he sentenced Feeney to slightly more than 70 years in prison, the maximum allowed.

"How does a family, how does a community not cry?" Evans asked.

On Monday, Feeney listened quietly in a court room cage as Enyeart's and Kamp's friends and relatives condemned him. For more than two hours, they called him a coward and recounted how their families have suffered since he shot Enyeart, a 39-year-old St. John Medical Center nurse and mother of two, and Kamp, 36, a longtime Longview resident and chemical plant worker described as exceedingly helpful and kind.

"Shame on you," said one letter read aloud in court. "Shame on you."

Police said Feeney, a former Norpac paper worker, shot at Kamp and Enyeart a total of 15 times with a 9mm Springfield handgun around midnight on April 11, then surrendered to police and confessed to the killings.

"It's someone who lost all control — went from a person who lived a good life to doing the most unspeakable acts," said Feeney's defense attorney, Terry Mulligan. "The only thing in this world that can take a man like Mr. Feeney to where he was on April 11 was a broken heart. And that's about all that can be said."

Feeney, shackled at the wrists and ankles and flanked by nearly a half-dozen deputies and security officers, sobbed as he apologized to his victims' families, as well as his own teenage children.

"I don't understand myself how I allowed myself to lose control like that," he said. "I wasn't a violent person. I'd never hurt somebody purposely. And yet I have shattered three families and ended two wonderful lives."

Feeney continued: "It was a senseless, selfish, evil act and I will always be ashamed of it."

Couple divorced in '06

Enyeart and Feeney, who had no children together, divorced in 2006 after five years of marriage. Family members said Feeney and Enyeart had been spending time together shortly before the shooting. Feeney told investigators he suspected Enyeart was "cheating on him" with Kamp, whom she had dated in the past.

In the late hours of April 10, Feeney spied on Enyeart through Kamp's window at 3038 Ammons Drive, Longview, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Shaffer told the court Monday.

"On this particular night, Mr. Feeney had worked himself up into a frenzy regarding Dana," Shaffer said.

Feeney paced between his truck and the residence, then retrieved a gun from his vehicle after he saw "Dana and Bruce retire to the bedroom in the basement," she said.

Feeney said he entered the home and held Enyeart and Kamp at gunpoint for 10 minutes while he "talked with both victims ... about being cheated on and his relationship with Enyeart," according to court documents.

Shaffer said Feeney admitted calling Enyeart "extremely derogatory names" during his rant. "And in his anger and jealousy (he) made a very conscious decision to take their lives."

Had a beer, turned self in

Feeney fired seven shots into each victim, emptying all of the rounds in his gun's clip, she said.

He then drank a beer at a friend's house before handing himself over to officers at the Longview Police Department.

"We obviously have an invasion of privacy on the highest order," Shaffer said, adding that Feeney showed "deliberate cruelty to the victims" as well as an "egregious lack of remorse."

Feeney, in letters written to his mother from jail after the shootings, "continues to express a large amount of anger toward Dana, but no remorse," Shaffer said.

She said the plea deal was negotiated "after a lengthy conversation with both Bruce and Dana's families together." While not a "true life sentence," the deal avoided "the family enduring a lengthy and very detailed trial," she said.

The home where the murders occurred belongs to Bruce Kamp's grandfather, Willie Kamp, family members said. Bruce Kamp wanted to help take care of his grandfather, so he rented out his own home and moved in. On Monday, Shaffer described how Willie Kamp heard the shots and discovered the bodies. Family members described frantic midnight phone calls, then a rush to the Ammons Drive home.

"No one should have to live through a nightmare like this," said Bruce Kamp's cousin, Aili Kamp, who recalled the image of her family "in the middle of the street screaming in disbelief."

Bruce Kamp's mother, Diana Kamp, held up a soft, yellow, pink and green knitted baby's cap.

"I brought this hat," she said simply. "This was my son's baby hat."

Diana Kamp said it was among the things she'd planned to give Bruce when he had a baby of his own someday. Now that can't happen, she said.

"You are the man that murdered my son," she said to Feeney, whose eyes began to redden.

Diana Kamp described how she and her husband arrived at Bruce's house before the police and how her husband also was confronted by the sight of the bodies after he rushed downstairs. He spent the following weeks on the couch, with a towel over his face, hardly able to move, she said.

‘We will not forgive you ...'

"I do not have hate for you in my heart. I only have love for my son," Diana Kamp said. Still, she said, "We will not forgive you for what you did."

"I called you son for five years," Dana Enyeart's father, Jim Enyeart, told Feeney.

Jim Enyeart pointed out that Feeney and his victims shared similar fates. Both would miss out on their children's lives, he said.

At least "you will be able to walk around in the box you're in," Jim Enyeart said.

Mike Myers, Dana Enyeart's first husband and the father of her two girls, said he had "trusted (Feeney) with my daughters living with Dana," but began to worry about Feeney's anger problems. 

As he spoke, one of his girls, wearing her mother's cardigan, pressed her face to his chest and wept. His other daughter stood nearby.

To Feeney's children, Myers said, "I'm sorry that your dad's going to be gone. ... I'm just sorry for both families."

A woman who identified herself as Feeney's mother stood and said she prays daily for Dana and Bruce's families. "The act of murder has damaged all our families," she said. "I pray every day asking the same blessing for both of us, that we may somehow find peace, joy, love and hope again."

Then Feeney's teenage daughter stood and, sobbing, said of her father, "One act does not define a person. He would never mean to do anything like this."

He apologizes to children

Feeney broke down in tears, too.

"I'm so sorry, kids," Feeney told his teenage children, who were born in a relationship prior to his marriage to Enyeart. "I was supposed to be there for you. ... What they say is true. I am going to miss so many of your achievements, your graduations, your marriages, your children."

"I want you to always remember that you've done nothing wrong. It's my mistake."

Then Feeney addressed the Enyeart family. "You made me part of your family. I paid your friendship and kindness back by taking Dana from you."

Feeney told Dana Enyeart's daughters, "I've known you since you were little girls. You've both grown into beautiful young ladies. ... I do hope that someday you will be able to find it in your hearts to forgive me. I will understand if you don't."

"I loved your mom," he said. "She was one of my best friends."

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