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Woman Guilty In Murder-For-Hire Plot

Amy Bessey Could Get 91 Year Prison Sentence
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Amy Bessey, one of four accused in plot to kill her husband. Photo LVMPD

Amy Bessey, one of four accused in plot to kill her husband. Photo LVMPD

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury has found a Las Vegas woman guilty of conspiring with her brother and son to kill her estranged husband for $250,000 in insurance money.

It took the jurors about five hours Tuesday to find Amy Bessey guilty of all seven felony charges against her, including conspiracy and attempted murder in the November 2012 shooting that wounded Robert Bessey as he drove on Interstate 15.

Bessey denied she had part in the shooting, and was the only witness in her defense.

Prosecutors allege Amy Bessey enlisted her ex-convict brother, Richard Pearson, and her son, Michael Bessey, to carry out the shooting.

Pearson and Michael Bessey were arrested shortly afterward. They’re due for trial together in February.

Bessey’s attorneys said they will likely appeal the jury’s verdict. Bessey is scheduled to be sentenced March 5.


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