Mar 16, 2016 4:23 PM by News Staff
Former paradise police officer Patrick Feaster says he is not guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
That's the charge he faces in connection with the shooting of suspected drunken driver Andrew Thomas. Feaster is shown on dash cam video shooting Thomas in the neck, as he exited his wrecked SUV thanksgiving morning.
Investigators say Thomas died about three weeks later from septic shock in connection to the injury.
Feaster's court appearance comes days after his drunk and disorderly arrest in Chico for which he is now facing legal repercussions.
“It won't impact the investigation but you can see it impacted him today in the sense that it was brought to the judge's attention and a condition of no alcohol and testing and search to make sure he complies with that was ordered by the judge today,” Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said after the hearing.
Andrew Thomas' family was at court for feaster's entry of plea... they did not want to speak on camera but said they hope justice will be served.
Feaster will be back in court next month for a preliminary hearing.
He faces up to five years in jail if convicted.