A Texas lady, who as soon as tearfully pleaded on TV for assist discovering her husband’s killer, has been sentenced to life in jail for convincing her boyfriend to hold out the brutal homicide.
Jennifer Lynne Religion, 49, was handed down the sentence Tuesday, June 21, in a federal courtroom after pleading responsible in February to make use of of interstate commerce within the fee of murder-for-hire within the dying of her husband Jamie Religion.
Jamie Religion, an American Airways govt was gunned down throughout a stroll outdoors his Oak Cliff residence on Oct. 9, 2020, in accordance with an announcement from the Northern District of Texas U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.
“Ms. Religion placed on fairly a efficiency within the wake of her husband’s homicide. She poured out her sob story to reporters and legislation enforcement, then headed residence to orchestrate her coverup,” U.S. Lawyer Chad Meacham stated after the sentencing.
“However crocodile tears didn’t cease the feds. We had been dedicated to getting justice for Jamie, and with the Decide’s imposition of a life sentence this afternoon, we’re one step nearer.”
Jennifer—who had been together with her husband on the time of the killing—described the homicide to Dallas Murder Det. Chris Walton throughout an interrogation that morning.
She stated: “I rotated and I simply noticed this individual shoot and shoot. I couldn’t imagine—I didn’t know him. Like, why?”
She added: “A lot of photographs, 5, six, possibly, I really feel like. And he simply saved going, and I’m like, cease it!”
Jennifer went on to explain the killer as having “darkish eyes” and claimed the person had tried to sort out her to the bottom after she began to scream.
“He was making an attempt to assault me the entire time I used to be screaming,” she stated.
Jennifer later went on the native media to plead with the general public for assist to search out her husband’s killer.
“Oh my God! If you understand what occurred I want that for closure,” she informed KDFW by means of tears. “I have to make sense of this.”
However authorities now say that the alleged killer was a person Jennifer knew very properly and even as soon as referred to her as “one and solely love.”
Jennifer admitted in plea paperwork to convincing her boyfriend Darrin Ruben Lopez—a disabled U.S. Military veteran who suffered a traumatic mind damage—to shoot her husband in a calculated plot to take him out.
Lopez, who had been dwelling in Tennessee on the time of the killing, is dealing with homicide costs within the case, however his trial continues to be pending.
Prosecutors stated Jennifer plied Lopez with “cash and presents” and even used funds from a GoFundMe account arrange for her after the homicide to repay his bank cards.
Authorities stated Jennifer was in a position to persuade her boyfriend of seven months to hold out the homicide after making him imagine that she was being bodily and sexually abused by her husband.
She created faux e mail accounts, together with one the place she posed as her husband that taunted Lopez with “particulars of utmost bodily and sexual abuse that by no means truly occurred,” in accordance with an indictment within the case obtained by WFAA.
To make the abuse appear extra practical, authorities stated she admitted to sending Lopez inventory pictures of abuse she had downloaded on-line, pretending they depicted her personal accidents.
The couple, who dreamed of beginning a brand new life collectively in Tennessee, made a plan to do away with Jamie the day after Jennifer and Jamie had celebrated their 15th wedding ceremony anniversary, authorities stated.
Lopez allegedly “laid in wait” at a neighbor’s home till Jennifer and Jamie got here outdoors to stroll their canine.
He’s accused of opening hearth, hanging Jamie seven occasions earlier than he took off in a black Nissan Titan pickup truck.
Investigators found the weapon used to kill Jamie inside Lopez’s Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee residence and located proof suggesting Jennifer had reached out to Lopez after investigators started to use strain to craft a canopy story.
Lopez was arrested in January of 2021.
Jennifer was arrested the next month.
Investigators imagine Jennifer might have been motivated to hold out the homicide by a $629,000 life insurance coverage coverage on Jamie, which she deliberate to make use of to start out her new life with out him.
The 49-year-old will now spend the remainder of her life behind bars.
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