Justice for Kozee Decorah

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On May 15th, 2020, the beautiful Kozee Montana Featherstone Medicinetop Decorah celebrated her 3-month sobriety anniversary and was working hard to move back home to Wisconsin in the coming months. The very next day she was murdered in Winnebago, Nebraska, by her so-called fiancé Jonathan Daniel Rooney. This monster did horrible, unthinkable things to our Kozee. His inhumane actions were so severe in nature, it took 14 days for our Kozee to make it back home to Wittenberg. Her body was so burned beyond recognition that official identity confirmation was made through forensic dental records. He murdered her, threw her body and all of his clothes in an outhouse then burned it to the ground leaving only her skull and some of her bones left in the embers. If that wasn’t horrendous enough, he did all of this with Kozee’s infant son present. I refuse to call Jonathan Daniel Rooney the father of Kozee’s beautiful children because a real father, a real man would NEVER take a mother from her children. We are Kozee’s voice and will not be silenced. Our mission is “Justice For Kozee”. We are changing the narrative Jonathan Daniel Rooney. Your lies will not be how our Kozee is remembered. When her name is said this is what people will know and remember.

Kozee was a kind-hearted soul with a contagious laugh. Kozee was only 22 years old, and a mother to three precious children who in her own words saved her life. Mila, Kyson and Tydus will know that no matter what; their mother Kozee wanted them to know they were wished for, longed for, prayed for, and that they are forever loved. Kozee’s faith in God was strong, and she recently acknowledged it was time to let God run her life. The only sense we can make of this is God had a higher purpose for Kozee. Her death will save others. Her death will reform laws. Her death will not be in vain. Her death will bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) around the world. Her death will change lives. Her death will never kill her spirit.

On June 1, 2020, United States Attorney Joseph P. Kelly, District of Nebraska charged Jonathan Daniel Rooney with MANSLAUGHTER OCCURRING IN INDIAN COUNTRY for the death of Kozee Decorah. Yes, you read that right. This charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 YEARS, maximum fine of $250,000, three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. The maximum sentence does not equate the number of years Kozee Montana Featherstone Medicinetop Decorah was on this earth.

I am writing this letter requesting your assistance in modifying these charges to murder (premeditated, 2nd degree, etc.), Felony Child Abuse, Illegal Possession of Firearms, Obstruction, Kidnapping and Willful Destruction of Evidence.

There are nine (9) aggravating factors making murder punishable by death and the unthinkable actions of Jonathan Daniel Rooney meet three of the nine factors which include the following:

1. The murder was committed in an effort to conceal the commission of a crime, or to conceal the identity of the perpetrator of such crime;

2. The offender knowingly created a great risk of death to at least several persons;

3. The murder was committed knowingly to disrupt or hinder the lawful exercise of any governmental function or the enforcement of the laws.

I thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. God Bless You.

Respectfully Submitted,

Stacey Schreiber Schinko