Tyree Feaster, an Akron man freed from prison on a technicality and not retried amid threats against witnesses in the fatal shooting of a teenage girl, is once again accused of a violent crime.
Feaster, 23, and Travaski Tontoyei Jackson, 23, are each accused in an Oct. 6 home invasion robbery and kidnapping in Akron.
In addition, Feaster was initially charged with Jackson in Thursday’s home invasion and shooting death of an Edward Avenue man and the assault on the victim’s half brother. Police on Friday dismissed the charges against Feaster. Jackson, however, remains charged in the slaying.
Two women are also accused of helping Jackson set up Angelo Kerney, 36, to be robbed by the masked and armed intruders about 4:20 a.m. The women’s identities were not available Saturday.
Jackson is charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and felonious assault.
Kerney was shot in the head and died during the robbery. His half brother was also shot in the head, but is expected to survive, police said.
Feaster and Jackson are accused in the robbery and kidnapping of a man in the Oct. 6 home invasion on Alphada Avenue. In that case, a 34-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint, taken from his apartment and driven around before being released on McKinley Avenue, reports show.
As in the robbery Thursday, two women were with the victim when the suspects arrived. Those women were later arrested as well, reports show.
Feaster is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping from the Oct. 6 incident.
He and Jackson are being held in the Summit County Jail under $1 million cash bonds, online records show.
Attorney Rhonda Kotnik of Akron, who represents Jackson, declined comment Saturday.
Jana DeLoach, an attorney for Feaster, said the Akron man has an alibi for the Oct. 6 robbery and was not involved.
“I’m looking for a dismissal on that case, too,” she said. “He wasn’t there. He wasn’t with those people.”
Feaster has a long history with Akron police. He was sentenced in 2007 to 13 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of 18-year-old Shawrica Lester outside the former Cage teen nightclub in January of that year.
The shooting occurred in the club’s parking lot on East Market Street following an exchange of gunfire by rival gang members, police said.
Feaster, 17 at the time, later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and gang-related charges in juvenile court. He was one of six co-defendants originally charged in the shooting and gang fight.
He was released from prison in 2011 after an appeals court ruled he could retract his guilty plea.
Feaster based his appeals on the terms of his plea and the sentencing hearing. His sentence was originally supposed to be a four-year juvenile prison term that would allow for his release when he turned 21.
However, based on Feaster’s refusal to testify against a co-defendant and his misconduct while in juvenile custody, Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio extended his sentence to 13 years under the state’s Serious Youth Offender law.
Appeals followed and it was eventually determined that Teodosio failed to follow the sentencing guidelines by not informing Feaster that his prison sentence included five years of parole once he was released. As a result of the omission, the appellate judges granted Feaster’s request to withdraw his guilty pleas.
County prosecutors could have retried Feaster but they declined, citing an “epidemic of amnesia” by witnesses. Prosecutors said they believed the witnesses were fearful of retaliation. In addition, laws blocked prosecutors from using Feaster’s guilty plea against him in a new trial.
In June 2012, Feaster was arrested again on felony weapons charges. He eventually pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property. Judge Paul Gallagher sentenced him to 90 days in jail and two years probation.