Janessa Peters, 22, has been sentenced to 28 years for her role in the murder of her boyfriend, Harley Jacka, 28. Peters pleaded to second-degree murder late last year and has just received her sentence, 19 years of which she will serve in prison. The rest will be served via supervised release.
Peters and Jacka were in a relationship, but Peters wanted out of it. Normal people usually do the “we have to talk” thing, but Peters elected to participate in a more dramatic breakup. In April of 2014, she recruited Batholamy Drift, Anthony James Isham, and John Edward Isham to help her kill Jacka. Once they were on board, she lured her boyfriend to a party at a Minnesota apartment where Jacka was beaten and stabbed to death. Investigators noted that Jacka had been stabbed 15 times.
Months after Jacka’s death, Peters turned herself into authorities saying she could no longer bear to live with the guilt. The men she hired to kill her boyfriend were probably thrilled by her sudden spurt of goodness, though at least two of the men were already in jail on other charges at the time of her confession. Anthony Isham has already been sentenced to over 30 years, while John Isham has been sentenced to over six years. Drift will be sentenced later this month.
Murder-for-hire plots rarely go well for those who attempt to or successfully enact them, as all it takes it just one loose thread to wind up behind bars. Linda Gillman, 69, of Herriman, Utah was recently arrested on suspicion of trying to hire a hitman to take out her ex and his new wife. The would-be assassin was not super keen on the risky job and tried to dissuade her, but ended up ratting her out to her ex after she allegedly said if he wouldn’t do the job, she’d just find someone who would.
Image: St. Louis County Jail