MOTHER AND SON TO BE ARRAIGNED ON FINANCIAL GAIN CONSPIRACY MURDER PLOT OF WOMAN’S THIRD HUSBAND

For Immediate Release
Case # 07ZF0009

June 21, 2007

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Susan Kang Schroeder
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MOTHER AND SON TO BE ARRAIGNED
ON FINANCIAL GAIN CONSPIRACY MURDER PLOT
OF WOMAN’S THIRD HUSBAND

SANTA ANA – A mother and her son will be arraigned tomorrow on financial gain conspiracy murder plot charges.  On May 25, 2007, Phoenix Police Department, at the request of the Orange County District Attorney and the Orange County Sheriff, arrested a woman and her son in Arizona on an indictment charging them of conspiracy to murder and murder for financial gain.  Sandra Marie Jessee, 56, was arrested at her daughter’s home in Apache Junction, AZ.  Thomas Dayton Aehlert was arrested at his work in Phoenix.  Mother and son are facing life without the possibility of parole if convicted.  They are not eligible for bail.  They are scheduled to appear at the Central Justice Center, Department C 5, in Santa Ana, at 9:00 a.m. 


Between June 1, 1998 and July 1, 1999, Sandra Jessee and Aehlert are accused of conspiring together to hire a hit man to murder Jessee’s third husband, Jack Jessee.  In June, 1998, Aehlert is accused of calling Brett Schrauben to solicit and arrange the murder of Jack Jessee.  On June 24, 1998, Sandra Jessee is accused of meeting Schrauben in a store parking lot in Placentia and paying him $5,000 to kill her husband of 15 years. 


On August 13, 1998, Aehlert is accused of calling Schrauben regarding the murder plot.  Schrauben and a close friend, Thomas Garrick, went to Jessee’s home.  When Aehlert was told by Schrauben that both he and Garrick could not get into the Jesse home, Aehlert is accused of telling Schrauben that Jack Jessee had to be killed that night.  Sandra Jessee is accused of leaving her house.  While Sandra Jessee was gone, Garrick is accused of stabbing and murdering Jack Jessee and leaving the scene with Schrauben. 


On December 18, 1998, Aehlert is accused of paying Schrauben $10,000 in Phoenix.  During the next six months, Aehlert is accused of paying Schrauben another $15,000 in Laughlin, NV, and $20,000 in Phoenix. 


The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated and presented this case.  Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Murray of the Homicide Unit is the prosecutor.   

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