Columbia, Mo. - March 10, 2004
On Halloween night in 2001, Kent Heitholt, a popular sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune was beaten and strangled with his own belt in theTribune parking lot. Not long afterward, Chuck Erickson said he began having dreamlike memories of the killing. When police questioned Erickson, he named an accomplice: his high school buddy Ryan Ferguson.
Chuck Erickson pleaded guilty to second degree murder and agreed to testify against his friend Ryan Ferguson. Erickson was sentenced to 25 years in prison with a chance for parole in 13 years. Ferguson was convicted of second degree murder and first degree robbery and sentenced to 40 years in prison.