Jennifer Faith sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her husband in South Winnetka
Jennifer Faith was sentenced to life in prison this week after pleading guilty to the 2020 murder-for-hire of her husband, James Faith, in South Winnetka.
James Faith, chief technology officer for American Airlines, was shot multiple times on the morning of October 9, 2020, while he and his wife were walking their dogs. It was the day after their wedding anniversary.
After the shooting, Jennifer Faith asked TV cameras for help in locating her husband’s killer, who she says tried to use duct tape on his hands. In the meantime, she had orchestrated everything.
She tricked her high school boyfriend, Darrin Ruben Lopez, 49, into committing the murder by telling him her husband was abusive. Lopez and Jennifer Faith exchanged over 100,000 text messages between May 2020 and January 2021, many of which were romantic or sexual. She also created a fake email account to impersonate her husband in threatening messages to Lopez.
Lopez is an Army Special Forces veteran who suffered traumatic brain injury during the Iraq War, the Dallas Morning News reports.
He drove from his home in Tennessee to kill James Faith and was charged with murder.
There was another witness to the crime, and doorbell cameras on South Waverly captured footage from Lopez’s truck as well as audio of the crime.
Jennifer Faith attempted to collect her husband’s $629,000 life insurance policy after his death and was suing her husband’s $400,000 retirement account.
She also took out credit cards and paid for shopping sprees using $58,000 from a crowdfunding campaign Oak Cliff neighbors launched following the death of her husband.
Faith pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire in February.
“You are pure evil. Not to mention disgusting,” U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle told Faith during her sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the newspaper reports.
Read this full story on the case by Kevin Krause, who covered the sentencing.