Man Gets Nearly 21 Years For Murdering His Half-Sister, Burying Her Body Near Jay

January 19, 2023

A man has been sentenced to nearly 21 years in prison for murdering his half-sister five years ago before burying her body outside Jay.

Jerry Savoy Phillips Jr., 31, pleaded no contest to second degree premeditated murder with a firearm for the death of his half-sister, 38-year old Felicia Kuswandy. He was sentenced to 249.45 months in state prison.

Kuswandy’s remains were found buried behind a home in the 7700 block of Highway 4 east of Jay on December 14, 2018. The murder was believed to have occurred on or about November 12, 2017.

Phillips was jailed in Alabama on drug trafficking charges until late October 2020, at which time he was formally charged with his half-sister’s death in Florida.


10 Responses to “Man Gets Nearly 21 Years For Murdering His Half-Sister, Burying Her Body Near Jay”

  1. Js on January 20th, 2023 2:39 am

    @ep you don’t even have the gun…I know someone with no previous record doing 25 yrs for robbery with a firearm…they never even pulled the trigger

  2. Stumpknocker on January 19th, 2023 5:38 pm

    The SA is so afraid of loosing a case so they accept a ple deal. This marks a win for them to their record of success. You have to loose some in order to win. Pathetic!!!!

  3. Anne on January 19th, 2023 5:28 pm

    State Atty likely offerered a Plea Deal of No Contest for the 21 years in prison rather than go for First Degree Premeditated Murder and Death Penalty.
    Probably done to avoid a lengthy trial and likely outcome from jury that would not result in Death Penalty.
    State often makes a decision based on whether they can or cannot bring a case to conclusion we the people feel should be imposed.

  4. Mike J. on January 19th, 2023 12:23 pm

    Convicted First-Degree murder should get the death penalty and the method of execution should be same as the victim.

  5. Bill T on January 19th, 2023 12:21 pm

    Talk about getting away with murder!! This is it !!! Maybe someone on the inside of the prison will do what the courts didn’t do

  6. Faye on January 19th, 2023 11:34 am

    I thought second degree only applied if it was NOT premeditated? I wonder why they dropped it down to second degree. What mitigating circumstances were considered? That sentence is ridiculous.

  7. tg on January 19th, 2023 9:23 am

    She received life he 21yrs is something wrong with this picture?

  8. ep on January 19th, 2023 9:08 am


  9. derek on January 19th, 2023 8:18 am

    Shame on the State Attorney’s office for this ridiculous plea deal! Here’s an idea, pursue the death penalty then he may plea to life in prison!

  10. Tee on January 19th, 2023 2:10 am

    Ridiculous. Should be a life for a life.