MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A man scheduled to stand trial for his role in a 2001 murder pleaded guilty to a pair of lesser charges before a jury could be selected, representatives from the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office announced Tuesday.
Treze Foster pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and 2nd degree burglary in the 2001 shooting death of Parrish Reeves, said Julian Malasi, the press liaison for the solicitor's office. Foster received a suspended sentence of 20 years for the manslaughter charge and a concurrent 15-year sentence for the burglary charge.
According to prosecutors, Reeves was first reported as a missing person in January, 2001. The case went cold until 2007 when investigators uncovered new evidence that led them to Feaster and three others -- Katherine Feaster, Jeffrey Michaelson and Jeremiah Scharer.
Nearly seven years later, investigators from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division followed clues to Michaelson's former residence in Moncks Corner where they found a 55-gallon drum containing the victim's remains buried in the front yard.
Feater said during his plea hearing Monday that he knew Michaelson had intended to shoot the victim when he took Michaelson to Reeves' home, Malasi said. Feaster also admitted to returning to the scene of the shooting and helping to cover up the crime by taking Reeves' truck and a work trailer.
Malasi said Feaster admitted to helping bury the victim's body and subsequently going back to the victim's home to break into and steal the contents of a safe.
Michaelson was found guilty of murder in July, Malasi said.
During his two-week trial, evidence was revealed that showed Michaelson lured Reeves out of his home with a story of a broken down vehicle. Reeves agreed to to take the men to their vehicle and, when the trio were leaving Reeves' home, Michaelson shot him in the head, Malasi said.
Michaelson admitted to police he disposed of the gun, the truck and the work trailer. He also admitted to renting the backhoe used to bury the barrel in Reeves' front yard.