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The Verdict for the guy that Murdered Taxidermist Jeff McAdam !

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by wildwings, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. wildwings

    wildwings New Member

    Well its all over with for now. Yesterday they ended the trial of Peter Riggs.

    Riggs pleads guilty to second-degree murder

    Riggs accused of killing rest stop worker near Victor in May 2010

    Peter Riggs is escorted from Iowa County District Court following his sentencing in Marengo on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. Riggs pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Jeffrey McAdam of Victor on May 29, 2010. (David Scrivner/The Gazette)

    UPDATE: Kristen McAdam said Monday her life was forever changed May 29, 2010 when her husband, Jeffrey McAdam, was murdered at an Interstate 80 rest stop near Victor.

    “It turned it upside down and tore apart what I knew and loved to be normal,” Kristen McAdam said.

    Peter Riggs took a man away from a wife, a dad from his children, a son away from his mother and a brother away from his sibling that day, Kristen McAdam said in a victim impact statement read during Riggs’ second-degree murder pleading and sentencing in Iowa County District Court in Marengo.

    “Jeff had touched the lives of thousands, not only in Iowa but across the USA and world,” Kristen McAdam said. “He was no celebrity, but he was and always will be loved by all of us and those thousands of people. You may have taken his life, but his spirit will always live on.”

    Jeffrey McAdam, 46, of Victor, was shot and killed by Riggs, 33, of Columbus, Neb., as McAdam was working at the rest stop. There is no explanation for the shooting, and none was offered in court Monday.

    Riggs pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted to shooting and killing McAdam that day. He declined to speak before he was sentenced to 50 years in prison for second-degree murder.

    Riggs’ attorney, Johnson County Public Defender Peter Persaud, said Riggs didn’t want to say anything, but wanted Persaud to tell McAdam’s family he was sorry for what happened that day, and that if he could turn back time, things would have been different.

    Persaud said he had no answers for why this happened to their loved one.

    Riggs was charged with first-degree murder and his trial was set to start Tuesday, but a plea agreement was reached late Friday.

    Assistant Iowa County Attorney Lou McMeen said after the hearing that in preparing witnesses for the trial, the state had concerns the judge, since it was going to be a bench trial, might find Riggs guilty of a lesser charge such as manslaughter. Prosecutors didn’t know if they could prove malice aforethought – that the shooting was a premeditated act, an element of first-degree murder.

    “We don’t know why (this happened),” McMeen said. “He is a somewhat, a low functioning individual and don’t know if he knows. We have no answers.”

    McMeen said the family was informed about their concerns and were satisfied with the second-degree plea because Riggs will have to serve 35 of the 50 years before being eligible for parole.

    McAdam was shot and killed in the men’s bathroom at the rest stop, and Riggs was apprehended later that night when he pulled over on the shoulder of I-80 in Johnson County and told a county deputy he was wanted.

    Police searched his car and recovered the murder weapon, a 9mm handgun, as well as another 9mm handgun, a stun gun, ammunition and a double bladed martial arts knife.

    While in jail pending his trial, Riggs had written letters to the court stating he wanted to plead guilty to the crime and also confessed to shooting McAdam. In one letter, Riggs said he shot McAdam because he hated him. He also, at different times, wanted to fire his attorney but later would withdraw the requests.

    Reporter Trish Mehaffey provided live coverage of the hearing Monday from the courtroom. Replay the live coverage below.
  2. mike g

    mike g Active Member

    I know all to well what if feels like to have a friend murdered and the murderous coward Peter Riggs is 35 years isn't enough time to be made someone's bitch in prison. I hope it is painful for him when they visit him in his cell and he hates very second of it for the next 35 years.

  3. I have no mercy for those that prey upon the innocent. Prayers to his family and friends for healing and peace.
  4. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    35 years isn't long enough. I only met Jeff once, but what a nice guy. Hard to believe someone is capable of killing someone else like that in cold blood. I only hope for whatever reason that monster is denied parole in 35 years.
  5. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    his loved ones should all be given a 9mm hand gun locked in a room with the pos. what a shame. what ever happened to an eye for an eye. RIP brother!
  6. backcountrychad

    backcountrychad Active Member

  7. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    We will all miss Jeffs smile and sense of humor.
  8. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    Very sad, my thoughts and prayer are with his family and friends. Maybe that guy will get what he deserves in prison before he gets parolled. It just goes to show you there is no real judicial system, that guy need to be shot by the family in public.
  9. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Thanks for the update. Jeff and I were good friends he had come to the house here in Illinois a few times and I miss his phone calls. He would always start off the call saying "What's up F O C K E R" although I don't think jeff said it with an "O" in it. LOL I am glad that this part is over but I feel horrible for his wife and children. I hope to hell that this son of a bitch riggs is denied parole and to be honest I hope someone in prison kills the son of a bitch behind bars. I am not one that forgives and I don't forget and yes I hold grudges. Rest in Peace brother Jeff. Dan
  10. My thoughts and prayers are with the McAdam's family. Jeff was a great guy, and will be greatly missed.
  11. Skywalker

    Skywalker Well-Known Member

    The perp should be re-cycled. He took life, now he has to give it back. He should be taken to a medical facility and any viable organs and tissue should be given to those dying on waiting lists. Instead he becomes a burden to the taxpayer. I hope Jeffs family can find peace.
  12. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    I concur,, a great idea.
  13. I've often wondered why the 2-legged animals on death row aren't used as living organ banks instead of wasting the organs. Just think of the people who could be helped by the corneas, a lung, a kidney, and anything else that could be used short of killing the donor. Then when no more parts are helpful, have the execution - after the heart was extracted for a heart transplant.
  14. I rather die then have the organ of a lowlife cowardly killer in my body. But then again, that's just me. Let them rot in a dark hole and die a slow death is more what I prefer. Unfortunately nothing will bring back Jeff to this world. I hope his family can find peace somehow.
  15. mdupertuis

    mdupertuis Active Member

    Prayers go out to Jeff's family and friends. I did not know him, but many of my friends did and replied to this post. They never make much sense.....but this one seems especially random and unnecessary.