Debra Feiner
29 Years Old

June 29, 1961 to November 13, 1990

Debra Feiner, of Denver, Colorado, was a beautiful, loving and talented individual with so much to give. She grew up in the small town of Ethan, South Dakota, with her twin sister, Diane, and her sister Lynne, and brothers, mark and Dan. The twins were the youngest of Keith and Janice Feiner's five children and were opposites in appearance - Diane a blue-eyed blonde, and Deb with her darker hair and enormous brown eyes.

Deb was a class leader, involved in music, sports, cheerleading and many other extra-curricular activities, as well as being an honor student. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in mass communications in 1983. She was named first and second runner-up in the Miss South Dakota pageant in 1982 and 1981 respectively.

She played the piano like an angel - not just technically correct, but with a real feel for the music. She was a perfectionist - everything she did she did well, and she set high goals for herself.


Her death has left a void in the life of her family and friends which can never be filled. Debra Feiner, 29, of Denver, Colorado, was brutally beaten about the head with a 9 mm pistol and then shot four times in the chest and abdomen by her fiancée, John D. Sledzinski. The murder occurred in the bedroom of the home they shared in Denver, in the early morning hours of November 13, 1990. At approximately 7 am, Sledzinski called a friend and told him there had been some trouble. When the friend arrived, he convinced Sledzinski to call the police.

Sledzinski was charged with first degree murder. He was tried and found guilty in June of 1991 and sentenced to life without parole.

Deb was president and John co-owner of Copier Supply Warehouse. The two had planned to open another business the day after the murder.

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Debra Feiner