|For Immediate Release
Case # 04NF4355
June 13, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
FOR THE EXECUTION STYLE MURDER
OF ANAHEIM LIQUOR STORE OWNER
SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man was sentenced today to life without the possibility of parole for shooting and murdering a Korean-American liquor store owner while burglarizing the store. Robert Quenton Feeney, 27, was found guilty by a jury April 22, 2008, of murder and the sentencing enhancements for murder during the commission of robbery and burglary were found true.
Co-defendant Raheem Abdul Edwards, 27, was charged Dec. 13, 2004, with murder and sentencing enhancement allegations for murder during the commission of robbery and burglary (case # 04NF4451). Edwards is currently serving a life sentence in the State of New York for murder. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is seeking extradition.
At approximately 9:25 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2000, Feeney and Edwards went to the Lucky Seven Liquor Mart in Anaheim wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves. The store owner, Haeng Shin Kim, 57, was working behind the counter. The defendants put several items on the counter and Edwards walked away to the back of the store. The victim followed Edwards to the back of the store and Feeney walked out of the store to make sure no one was outside. Feeney then re-entered the store and walked to the back toward Edwards and the victim.
Once at the back of the store, Feeney pulled a firearm from the waistband of his pants. As Kim struggled to get away and began to run to the front of the store, Feeney shot the victim one time in the back. The victim fell to the ground and tried to escape by crawling to the door, but Feeney walked up behind the defendant and executed him by shooting him in the back of the head. Edwards is accused of stealing money from the cash register as Feeney watched the door. A customer pulled into the parking lot and the defendants fled the scene. The customer found the victim and called 9-1-1, but Kim was pronounced dead at the scene. The murder was captured on surveillance cameras from the liquor store.
On Dec. 3, 2004, Feeney was arrested in Independence, Mo., on a probation violation related to an Iowa sexual assault conviction. Detectives from the Anaheim Police Department interviewed Feeney in Missouri and the defendant was brought back to Orange County to face charges.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.