Kemia Hassel (photo), 22, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday 29 August without conditional release
The wife of a US Army sergeant who wanted to kill her husband was sentenced to life imprisonment without conditional release.
Kemia Hassel from Berrien County, Michigan, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday, August 29, on conditional release for her role in the death of her husband Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III.
The couple, as well as Tyrone's murderer, were all soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
The 22-year-old, who is the mother of the two-year-old son of the couple, did not speak during the sentencing and did not address the family of Tyrone in court.
Lashanda Jones, Tyrone's mother, told it WNDU: & # 39; How could you? How could you take the life of a man who gave you his last name? Hassel. A last name you didn't deserve to have. & # 39;
She said: & I hope that every time you close your eyes, you will tap your shoulders and smile. Just to remind you that his life is not over, because he still lives in God, and you will live in hell until the day you die. & # 39;
Kemia Hassel (right) was convicted on Thursday July 18 for her role in the death of Tyron Hassel III
Jeremy Cuellar, 24, (photo) is accused of having committed the murder when the father of a son, now two, visited his father in St. Joseph Township.
In her conviction, Judge Angela Pasula said: & Mrs. Hassel, the road to salvation is long and difficult, and you will spend the rest of your life walking. & # 39;
Kemia can appeal the conviction, but is responsible for paying $ 2,326 in restitution to the Tyrone family.
Kemia was sentenced on Thursday, July 19, by a Berrien County jury in Tyrone's death, following a three-day trial that saw 23 witnesses for the prosecution.
Tyrone, 23, was shot dead in the head and neck during an ambush on New Year's Eve. Kemia & # 39; s beloved – 24-year-old Jeremy Cuellar – is accused of committing the murder while the soldier visited his father in St. Joseph Township.
Prosecutors said that Kemia told the police that she had spent months planning her husband's death so that she could continue a romantic relationship with Cuellar.
The father of the deceased man said the filmed police interview was shocking. He had spent two weeks with Kemia after his son was killed.
& # 39; It's like she's the devil. You know, listening to that she just said, I've had many conversations with her, so just hear her in her own regular tone without compassion, it's like who are you? We never knew you, & # 39; Tyrone Hassel II told ABC 57.
Authorities say she also confessed during a recorded phone call to her mother. It was played in court and video from the police interview.
Kemia did not take a position and it took the jury an hour and eight minutes to make a decision.
Kemia did not take a position and it took the jury an hour and eight minutes to make a decision
"Unfortunately, when your client is the main source of the case against your client, it is a very difficult obstacle to overcome," said Kemia's lawyer, Chris Kessler, in an ABC video. & # 39; I am certainly disappointed. I am disappointed with Kemia. I am also disappointed for her family. & # 39;
The active sergeant left a family celebration and was on his way to give his wife a plate of food when he was sent after texting and was shot to say he was leaving at 10.48 p.m. Kemia had called her husband at 10:18 pm and called Cuellar after her husband confirmed that he was leaving.
He was shot around 11:10 pm after Cuellar had tried to kill him three times before, including earlier that day.
Physical evidence showed that Cuellar tried to kill Tyrone four times. He left the Benton Harbor area on December 31 and showed the cell tower data when he returned.
An IT specialist spoke about how Kemia searched & # 39; how to remove Snapchat & # 39 ;, & # 39; active soldier killed on New Year's Eve & # 39; and & # 39; what should I do after my house is paid off & # 39 ;.
Cuellar activated a new telephone on January 1 and pinged a cell tower in Georgia on January 6, while his old telephone remained in Chicago.
The couple had a son together and his paternal grandfather said he has not seen the child since the murder. He plans to pursue guardianship.
The active sergeant left a family celebration and was on his way to give his wife a plate of food when he was sent after texting and was shot to say he was leaving at 10.48 p.m. Kemia had called her husband at 10:18 pm and called Cuellar after her husband confirmed that he was leaving
Authorities say she confessed during a recorded phone call to her mother. It was played in court and video of the police interview (photo)
& # 39; It feels good, but it is a bit bittersweet, & # 39; said Hassel II. & # 39; Some ways you look at her and feel sorry for her, but then you need to realize what she really did and then you can't feel sorry for her and in another sense you hate her. & # 39;
Kemia said in a signed statement that she intended to kill her husband because he became a burden for her romantic affair.
The police say that Kemia told them that she was unhappy in her marriage, but did not want to divorce him because she would no longer be an eligible beneficiary of his life insurance policy.
Military officials give a $ 100,000 back payment to surviving relatives when a member of staff dies while on active duty. According to the Army Times, life insurance for employees can also pay up to $ 400,000 after the death of a soldier.
Corresponding to Cuellar via Snapchat, since they were both deployed in South Korea, it is said to have discussed few ways to permanently remove Tyrone from the photo.
Prosecutors claim that the couple used the app to exchange ideas in the belief that the temporary nature of the messages would make it difficult for the police to find out.
Kemia said in a sign confirmation that she intended to kill her husband because he was becoming a burden on her romantic flirt. The police say that Kemia told them that she was unhappy in her marriage but did not want to divorce him because she would no longer be a beneficiary of his life insurance policy (Hassel, left and right)
Army specialist Jaquan Hamilton and corporal Tatanya Butler testified that they were aware of the case of Kemia and Cuellar and their plan. But they claim that they didn't think he would actually kill the man who joined the army in 2015 and was promoted in October 2017.
He received the Army Achievement Medal, the German Army Proficiency Badge, and completed a nine-month rotation in South Korea.
& # 39; Such & # 39; n good man has lost his life. A good family man, a good friend, & prosecutor Steve Pierangeli said. & # 39; I'm just glad we can bring justice. & # 39;
Cuellar is in custody for a $ 2.5 million bond and will be tried in August for premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Edwin Johnson, Cuellar's lawyer, said earlier that it would be difficult to record the shooting at his client.
& # 39; Nobody saw him on the spot. He would give this up. He wouldn't do it. There were several other suspects, & Johnson said.
The couple had a son together and his paternal grandfather (photo) said he has not seen the child since the murder. He plans to pursue guardianship. & # 39; It's like she's the devil, & # 39; said Tyrone Hassel II about Kemia
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