DECATUR — Keirsean M. Bond was sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison Wednesday for the murder of Todd Daniel Feldkamp and the attempted murder of Scottie Bone, both of Effingham.
Macon County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Griffith sentenced Bond to 30 years on the murder conviction, to be served at 100 percent, and to 10 years each on the attempted murder and armed robbery convictions. The two 10-year sentences are to be served concurrently with each other at 85 percent but consecutive to the 30-year murder sentence.
Bond, 26, of Decatur was convicted by a jury in May. Prosecutors said Bond lured the two victims to Decatur the night of Nov. 18 on the understanding they would do a drug deal. Instead, prosecutors said an accomplice of Bond shot the 48-year-old Feldkamp to death and badly wounded Bone, 25, as part of a robbery.
The shooter has not been captured, and Bond, who has consistently claimed his innocence, has never given up his accomplice. Given the chance to speak at his sentencing, Bond again protested his innocence as he raised points of law to argue why he should not have been convicted.
Passing sentence, Thomas noted that there has been “no acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Bond, including on today’s date.”
The sentencing hearing included victim impact statements from Feldkamp’s two daughters, Alex, 25, and Sydney, 22, and from his wife, Annette.
Annette Feldkamp's statement was read to the court by Todd Feldkamp’s sobbing 20-year-old niece, Carlie Pernic, and poured out Annette Feldkamp’s pain at the loss of a man she was married to for 25 years.
“My granddaughter is now saying she wants to die so she can go to heaven to see her Papa,” wrote Feldkamp, 51. “It tears me up inside.”
But there were tears for her husband's convicted killer, too.
Bond's 25-year-old wife, Ciara Bond, cried as she described the emotional damage the case has inflicted on her children ages 2, 4 and 9. “I have to explain to my son, and he asks me every day, if and when his father is coming home — and how can he be held accountable for something they say he did … with no proof,” she said.
Keirsean Bond’s defense attorneys, Monroe D. McWard and Mark K. Wykoff, had emphasized what they said was a lack of direct evidence against Bond while pleading for a lesser sentence.
Earlier, Griffith had rejected post trial motions calling for Bond’s acquittal; the motions had cited “almost total lack of objective evidence.”
However the facts were interpreted, McWard told the judge there was nothing to suggest Bond had wanted to kill anyone. “It all goes back to intent … that is what is at issue here,” McWard said.
But Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz said Bond's hands were as bloody as the shooter's. She said he had set up a false drug deal, escorting the Effingham men to the backyard of an empty house “so they could be shot and killed” and robbed of cannabis and cash.
Added Kurtz: “Bond is the only reason this offense occurred — he is the mastermind.”