Wife who arranged for high school sweetheart to shoot dead husband sentence to life
A Texas woman who orchestrated her husband’s murder to collect a life insurance policy has been sentenced to life in prison.
Jennifer Faith, 48, admitted in February of plotting the plot after authorities discovered she had texted her high school sweetheart, Darrin Ruben Lopez, more than 14,000 times to convince him to kill her husband, Jamie Faith. .
Lopez was arrested on January 11, 2021 and is still awaiting trial on both state and federal charges in connection with the murder, both of which he has pleaded not guilty to.
On October 9, 2020, Lopez reportedly drove from his Tennessee home to Dallas, Texas, where the couple lived, shooting Jamie Faith from behind seven times while the couple was out walking their dog.
After the murder, Faith constantly denied her involvement and even went on television to say she hoped the killer would come forward.
“I’m not supposed to be a widow at 48, you know?” she said WFAA in Dec.
“It was terrible, devastating. I balance between heartbroken and completely devastated. Every day was horrible,” she said at the time, before Lopez’s arrest.
Jennifer Faith (left) has been sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in the murder of her husband, Jamie Faith (right)
Jennifer Faith, 48, is pictured with her high school sweetheart, Darrin Ruben Lopez
Faith sent more than 14,000 text messages to her ex-lover Lopez before admitting to investigators that she orchestrated her husband’s murder
Faith is said to have told police she could not identify the shooter because he was wearing a face mask and approaching from behind. She made up a version of the events that she believed would clear her of any possible accusation.
“We walked out the door and we got to the house right behind you and I heard running behind me and I turned and the shooting just started,” Faith said.
“The man kept shooting and shooting. A neighbor said they saw him trying to shoot me and the gun was empty. I ran up this driveway and he grabbed me, started beating me and gluing my hands together.’
Police also released a description of Lopez’s truck, and Faith begged the public to come forward with someone with information.
“Somebody needs to know whose truck this is,” Faith said. “It’s a black Nissan Titan extended cab. There was a Texas Rangers sticker on the rear window. So from that moment on it was very distinctive.’
Faith then texted Lopez instructing him to remove the sticker from the Texas Rangers, which he did.
After discovering the trove of texts and Faith’s attempt to collect $629,000 in life insurance money, prosecutors became suspicious and uncovered the plot.
“Crocodile tears didn’t stop the FBI,” U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham said in a statement Tuesday. “We were determined to get justice for Jamie, and with the imposition of a life sentence by the judge this afternoon, we’re one step closer.”
Jennifer Faith will be incarcerated in a Dallas prison in February after a warrant found she was having an affair with Lopez. She first told the police that she didn’t know who the killer was
Jamie Faith was shot about 5 meters from the couple’s home, pictured here, while walking their dog
Faith has also set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe called ‘Support for Jennifer Faith’. The fundraiser raised more than $60,000, but Faith used the money to pay off credit cards Lopez had used and buy gifts for his family.
Faith reconnected with Lopez in March 2020 and began texting him intimately, calling him her “soulmate.” Lopez had told Faith that he had suffered a serious brain injury while serving in Iraq, which left him crippled.
Faith lied to Lopez about her husband, an IT director at American Airlines, who was sexually and physically abusive. Lopez responded with sympathy, offering to “shoot a bullet through his head,” court documents said.
The two continued to text each other hundreds of times a day, before stopping abruptly on the day of her husband’s death, before continuing again a day later.
In addition to her life sentence, she had to pay a $250,000 fine and $6,500 to her late husband’s family.