Donald Fell, 38, formerly residing in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty on Friday to murder, carjacking and kidnapping, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan for the District of Vermont.
The federal inmate, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment arising from the Nov. 27, 2000 kidnapping, carjacking and murder of 53-year old Teresca King.
Fell pleaded guilty to all four charges pending against him, including:
- Carjacking with death resulting
- Kidnapping with death resulting
- Brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and
- Transportation of a firearm by a fugitive from justice
(Donald Fell avoids death penalty after pleading guilty. The family of Terry King says justice is not being served. That’s their response to the plea deal reached with King’s accused killer, Donald Fell. Courtesy of Local 22 & Local 44 and YouTube. Posted on Sep 28, 2018.)
Fell’s guilty plea was accepted by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford in the U.S. District Court in Rutland, Vermont, and sentenced Fell to serve life in prison without the possibility of release. Fell also agreed to waive direct appeal.
Fell admitted to murdering Rutland man Charles Conway while Fell’s friend and co-defendant Robert Lee, murdered Fell’s mother Debra Fell, 46, in an apartment on Robbins Street in Rutland. Lee killed himself in prison in 2001 before he could be tried.
The two men then carjacked and kidnapped Teresca King in Rutland and drove into New York State, where they killed Mrs. King.
Lee and Fell were natives of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who came to Vermont in late 2000.
According to the plea agreement, on the evening of Nov. 26, 2000, defendant Donald R. Fell, Robert Lee, Debra Fell, and Charles Conway were socializing in the apartment of Debra Fell on Robbins Street in Rutland.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 27, 2000, Fell attacked Charles Conway with a knife and killed him. Robert Lee attacked Debra Fell with another knife, killing her.
After killing Conway and Debra Fell, Fell and Lee walked together to the Price Chopper grocery store in Rutland, carrying an unloaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, looking for a car in which to leave Vermont.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., Fell and Robert Lee confronted Teresca King when she arrived in her Vermont plated Plymouth Neon automobile at the Price Chopper to work her early morning shift.
At shotgun point, Fell and Lee stole King’s car keys and forced her into the backseat of her car.
The two men then took turns driving the car west out of Vermont into New York State, and then south for several hours.
Shortly after dawn on Nov. 27, 2000, the men parked King’s car at the side of the road in rural Dover Plains, New York, and took King into the woods.
In a spot not visible from the road, Fell and Lee battered King to death, kicking her in the head and striking her face with a rock as she lay on her back.
Leaving King’s body in the woods, Fell and Lee continued driving south in her car, eventually stopping in their hometown of Wilkes-Barre for a night.
In Wilkes-Barre, they stole a pair of Pennsylvania license plates from another Plymouth Neon and put them on King’s car, and discarded King’s Vermont plates.
Continuing southwest, the two men paused to refuel in Clarksville, Arkansas, where a local law enforcement officer stopped the Plymouth Neon due to the stolen plates.
Fell and Lee were arrested, and the Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun was seized.
(Learn More. Donald Fell appeared in federal court to change his plea in a deal reached with federal prosecutors. Courtesy of MyNBC5-WPTZ and YouTube. Posted on Sep 26, 2018.)