formerly known as Richard Feaster, was sentenced to death for shooting
24-year-old gas station attendant Keith Donaghy to death with a sawed-off
shotgun to rob him of $190 in October 1993.
In the robbery slaying,
Kenney also killed 55-year old gas station employee Richard Pine, by
stabbing him and slashing his throat a half-mile from the first killing.
On that murder charge, a separate trial, he received life in prison.
The defense argued that
he was unable to control his impulses; the prosecution disagreed, saying
the "facts of the case show it was the result of intelligent planning."
Sean Padraic Kenney A.K.A. Richard Feaster
On the night of October 6, 1993, Keith Donaghy was the
only attendant working at the Family Texaco in Deptford Township. His
body was found by patrons of the station that evening, lying on the
floor of the little office in the station. A single gunshot wound to his
head caused his death. The barrel of the gun had been placed up against
his face, and the bullet entered the side of his mouth, blowing out his
teeth, and destroying his brain before exiting through the back of his
before the murder, Richard Feaster had left a bar in a nearby town,
armed with a sawed-off twenty-gauge shotgun. He and a companion had
spoken about going to collect a debt, borrowed a car and eventually
returned to the bar that night. Tragically, the investigation of Keith
Donaghy’s murder did not immediately lead to Feaster.
October 31, 1993, Ronald Pine, age 55, was working alone at an Amoco gas
station also in Deptford. He was brutally stabbed more than forty times,
and his throat slashed, resulting in his death. Eventually, Richard
Feaster’s companions from the bar came forward with information about
the killings, the shotgun used to execute Keith Donaghy was located, and
Feaster was charged with both murders.
He was tried and
sentenced to death for the murder of Keith Donaghy, and after the
conviction, pled guilty to the murder of Richard Pine, for which he was
sentenced to life in prison with a minimum thirty year term. Testimony
at trial revealed that Feaster told a cellmate in jail that he “wanted
to feel what it was like to kill.” He remains on death row, but has now
changed his name to Sean Padraic Kenney.
Sean Padraic Kenney