Woman Who Pleaded For Help Finding Husband's Killer Is Sentenced To Life For Conspiring With Boyfriend To Kill Him
A Texas woman who once tearfully pleaded on TV for help finding her husband's killer has been sentenced to life in prison for convincing her boyfriend to carry out the brutal murder.
Jennifer Lynne Faith, 49, was convicted in a federal courtroom on Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to using interstate commerce in committing contract killing in the death of her husband Jamie Faith, an American Airlines executive, according to a Statement by the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Gunned down while walking outside his Oak Cliff home on October 9, 2020.
"MS. Faith put on quite a performance after her husband's murder. She told reporters and law enforcement her sobbing story and then went home to stage her cover-up," US Attorney Chad Meacham said after the sentencing. "But crocodile tears "Couldn't stop the FBI. We're committed to doing justice to Jamie, and with the judge's award of a life sentence this afternoon, we're one step closer."
Jennifer - who had been with her husband at the time of the murder - described the murder to Dallas Homicide Det. Chris Walton during an interrogation this morning.
“I turned around and saw this person shooting and shooting. I couldn't believe it - I didn't know him. How, why?” she said while sobbing in an interrogation video released by the authorities. "A lot of shots, five, six maybe, I feel like. And he just kept going and I was like, cut it out!”
Jennifer went on to describe the "dark-eyed" killer and claimed the man tried to pull her to the ground after she started screaming.
"He kept trying to attack me while I was screaming," she said.
Jennifer soon went to local media, asking the public for help in finding her husband's killer.
"Oh dear God! If you know what happened, I need that to wrap it up," she tearfully told KDFW. "I need to understand that."
But authorities now say the alleged killer was a man Jennifer knew very well and who even once described her as her "only love".
Jennifer admitted in plea documents that she convinced her boyfriend Darrin Ruben Lopez - a disabled US Army veteran who suffered traumatic brain injury - to gun down her husband in a calculated plot to take him out.
Lopez, who was living in Tennessee at the time of the murder, is charged with murder in the case but is pending trial.
Prosecutors said Jennifer harassed Lopez with "money and gifts," even using funds from a GoFundMe account set up for her after the murder to pay off his credit cards.
Authorities said Jennifer was able to convince her boyfriend of seven months to carry out the murder after leading him to believe she was being physically and sexually abused by her husband.
To carry out the subterfuge, she created fake email accounts, including one in which she posed as her husband, who taunted Lopez with "details of extreme physical and sexual abuse that never actually happened," according to an indictment in the case before the WFAA.
To make the abuse appear more realistic, authorities said she admitted to sending Lopez stock images of abuse she downloaded online and pretending they represented her own injuries.
The couple, who dreamed of starting a new life together in Tennessee, made a plan to get rid of Jamie the day after Jennifer and Jamie celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary, authorities said.
Lopez reportedly "lay in wait" at a neighbor's house until Jennifer and Jamie came outside to walk their dog. He is accused of opening fire and punching Jamie seven times before taking off in a black Nissan Titan pickup.
The truck had a distinctive "T" decal on the rear window. Jennifer spoke about the unique trait in a December 2020 interview with the WFAA.
"Someone has to know whose truck this is," she said at the time.
But authorities said just a short time later she texted Lopez and told him to remove the sticker from his vehicle.
"I woke up in a bit of a panic. ... Something is nagging at me and telling me you need to take the sticker out of the back window of the truck," she wrote. "I don't usually overreact like that...really think you need to remove that sticker ASAP like you did today."
Lopez reportedly removed the sticker the next day, but authorities say it wasn't enough to hide the underhanded conspiracy.
Investigators discovered the gun used to kill Jamie at the Lopez home in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee, and found evidence that Jennifer had reached out to Lopez after investigators began pressuring them to create a cover story.
Lopez was arrested in January 2021.
Jennifer was arrested the following month.
Investigators believe Jennifer may have been motivated to carry out the murder by a $629,000 life insurance policy given to Jamie, which allowed her to begin her new life without him.
The 49-year-old will now spend the rest of her life behind bars.
"No time in federal prison will ever bring Mr. Faith back, but this conviction demonstrates the seriousness of Ms. Faith's criminal acts," said Jeffrey C. Boshek II, special agent-in-charge for the ATF Dallas Field Division. "Her spineless attempt to sway law enforcement and public opinion will forever be etched in the hearts of those affected by her monstrous crime."
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