A Dallas woman pretended to be a victim of sexual assault and then a grieving window.
And now she will be serving a life sentence in prison for faking both roles and instead orchestrating and trying to cover up her husband’s murder.
On Tuesday, Jennifer Faith was sentenced to life in federal prison for falsely claiming she was sexually abused by her husband Jamie Faith to force her lover to kill him. She then raised funds to kill him, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas said.
Her public image after the October 2020 murder was different from her nefarious behind-the-scenes motives, which a federal judge called “pure evil” during sentencing, prosecutors said.
Faith, 49, has even gone so far as to create fake email accounts posing as her husband, an American Airlines executive and her friend to trick gunman Darrin Reuben Lopez into believing she was physically abused. She also downloaded images of the injuries from the Internet and emailed them to Lopez to further convince him that the abuse was real, prosecutors said.
She acknowledged that there was never any abuse as part of her plea agreement.
“RS. Faith put on a real show after her husband’s murder. She told her deplorable story to reporters and law enforcement, then went home to organize her cover,” US Attorney Chad Meacham said. “But crocodile tears didn’t stop the feds. We were determined to get justice for Jamie, and with the judge handing down a life sentence this afternoon, we are one step closer.”
Faith coordinated with Lopez, an Army veteran and Tennessee resident, to orchestrate the assassination of Jamie Faith. Lopez, who has yet to face trial, is accused of shooting Jamie Feit seven times outside his home while he and Jennifer Faith were walking their dog, prosecutors said. The shooting happened about seven months after the date.
Vera was recorded on an audio recording of screaming during the attack, and then on a video of hysterical crying that prosecutors showed at sentencing.
“I turned around and saw this man shooting and shooting. I couldn’t believe it – I didn’t know him. For example, why? a sobbing Faith told a Dallas police detective after the video shooting. “Many shots, five, six, maybe I can feel it. And he just kept walking and I was like, stop!
“And then I saw a man turn and, like, just dark eyes, walked towards me. And so I started – I shouted “no” and ran. And knocked me to the ground. He tried to attack me the whole time I was screaming.”
But before the murder, she sent Lopez, whom she called her “one and only love,” gifts and money, the feds said. The two dated in high school and college.
And after the shooting, she sent him two credit cards, which she paid off using money from a GoFundMe fundraiser called Support Jennifer Faith, launched after her husband’s death.
After police became aware of a “T” sticker on Lopez’s pickup truck that he drove away in after the alleged shooting, Faith went to a TV station to help investigators find the truck with the stickers.
But after the interview, she texted Lopez to remove the sticker.
“I woke up in a mild panic…Something is eating away at me, telling me you need to remove the sticker from the rear window of the truck,” she wrote to him, according to the feds. “I don’t usually react this strongly… I really think you need to remove that sticker as soon as possible, like today.”
A month after the shooting, Faith attempted to collect $629,000 in death benefits from her husband’s life insurance company by promising Lopez to buy a house in Tennessee with him, prosecutors said.
When she was contacted by investigators for questioning in early January 2021, Faith admitted that she agreed her cover story with Lopez.
“Don’t text me on Monday. I’m going to factory reset my phone Sunday night after deleting messages,” she wrote.
“Okay, sounds good,” Lopez replied. “Big hug.”
In addition to a life sentence, Faith, who pleaded guilty to interstate murder, must also pay her late husband’s family $6,500 for his funeral and another $250,000 in fines.
“No amount of time in federal prison can bring Mr. Feith back, however, this sentence shows the gravity of Ms. Faith’s criminal actions,” said ATF Dallas Special Agent Jeffrey Boschek in charge.
“Her spineless attempt to influence law enforcement and public opinion will forever remain in the hearts of those affected by her heinous crime.”