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VA Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

by FraudReport 7. February 2018 05:11

A Mechanicsville, VA man, who was convicted back in June of First Degree Murder in the bludgeoning death of his wife, was recently sentenced to life in prison.

On the morning of Sept. 5, 2016, the body of 30-year-old Reena Jadav was found in a yard near her home in Mechanicsville, Virginia. According to CBS News, authorities later determined she had been bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Prosecutors argued that her husband, Harshadkumar Jadav, stood to gain big money from her insurance policy.

Hanover County Chief Deputy Shari Skipper said, “The defendant brutally murdered his wife. She was beaten in the head with a hammer. The medical examiner suggested no fewer than 19 times, which is an absolutely terrible way to die.”

Jadav was arrested after someone driving along U.S. Highway 301 found a hammer wrapped in bloody clothing and turned it over to authorities. Investigators said the hammer had the victim’s blood on it, while a pair of men’s underwear held DNA matching both the suspect and his wife.

Jadav told investigators that when the killing happened he was at home, asleep, though at about that time his cell phone was pinging off towers near where the murder weapon was found.

When deputies arrested him a week after the killing, the husband had $10,000 cash, his passport and documents about his wife’s $1 million life insurance policy, authorities said.

Officials also stated that his underwear was the same brand and style as the underwear found with the murder weapon.

During the trial, some of Reena’s relatives testified that her husband had become detached after her death and donated her belongings to Goodwill one day after her funeral.

State sentencing guidelines suggested he should serve 22 to 38 years for killing his wife. But the jury agreed with prosecutors and the victim’s family that such a sentence wouldn’t be enough and recommended life in prison.

The judge also agreed and imposed the jury’s recommendation, and the jury only deliberated for two hours before finding the defendant guilty of first-degree murder.

Reena’s brother said, “This sentencing helps provide some closure for our family so we can continue to heal. Reena’s cheerful spirit will always be within our hearts.”

The defendant plans to appeal, arguing that instructions to the jury were flawed. His attorney, Charles C. Cosby, Jr  said, “We’ll go to an appellate court and argue whether these were correctly given or not correctly given and how they might have impacted a jury’s decision.”

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You Get a Hit Man, and You Get a Hit Man!

by FraudReport 22. June 2017 06:25

One Utah woman has definitely not learned her lesson, as she is in trouble for trying to hire a hit man, one who is currently in jail with her while she is serving a sentence for hiring a hit man. 

Linda Tracy Gillman, 69, is accused of offering a Salt Lake County Jail inmate part of the insurance money that she said she stood to inherit if her ex-husband died. Gillman is already facing charges of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex, and she now faces even more charges after prosecutors say she asked a fellow inmate to kill the man she tried to hire the first time around.

Prosecutors say Gillman called herself "the bank" and said she could "make everything happen.”

According to US News, she told the inmate that she wants the man she originally hired to kill the ex-husband to disappear. The original man is now the primary witness against her in a felony criminal solicitation case filed in January.

Gillman said if the witness ends up dead, then she could walk free; she then gave the inmate an address of a condominium where she said he could be found. Authorities say the inmate ended the conversation once she realized Gillman wanted her to kill the witness.

Police said in December 2016 that she planned to pay $25,000 in life insurance money to have her ex-husband and his new wife killed. Investigators said she wanted the deaths to look accidental or due to a break-in.

In her first case, Gillman was charged with two counts of felony criminal solicitation. Last month she was given the additional charge of felony Attempted Obstruction of Justice.

Police say she previously denied the allegations of trying to plan her former husband's death.

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