U.S. Army Soldier Found Guilty of Plotting Husband's Murder on Snapchat

A U.S. Army soldier who used Snapchat with her lover to plot the death of her husband will now likely spend life in prison after a Michigan jury found her guilty of murder.

According to WOOD, the jury at Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph found 22-year-old Sgt. Kemia Hassel guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder of her husband Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III.

She will be sentenced at the end of August and faces life behind bars without parole.

Hassel, who had a one-year-old child with her husband, conspired to murder him with her boyfriend Jeremy Cuellar, 24. All three were stationed together at Fort Worth, Georgia.

She deleted her Snapchat account but admitted to police that she used it to message Cuellar about their morbid plans.

The prosecution argued this deletion was evidence of an attempt to cover up her murderous plot with Cuellar, who is accused of shooting Hassel III to death on December 31 last year.

It took place on the driveway of Hassel III's father after the husband had delivered groceries to his wife.

"It was a planned conspiracy," the prosecution said during its closing arguments on Wednesday, WNDU reported.

Investigators had recorded jailhouse calls between Hassel and her mother, during which she admitted to the crime.

"I knew what was going on. I knew what was happening," Hassel told her mother. "It was planned in Korea."

She claimed that Cuellar "made me plan it so we could be together," and later said she and him shared responsibility for what happened.

Prosecutors have said Hassel's motives were to be with Cuellar and receive a U.S. Army death benefit from the passing of her husband, South Bend Tribune reported.

According to abc57, the jury took just over an hour to reach its verdict after a three-day trial.

Tyrone Hassel II, the murdered man's father, told the station the verdict felt "good, but it's kind of bittersweet."

"Some of the ways you look at her and feel sorry, but then you got to get to the reality of what she really did and then you can't feel sorry for her and in another sense you hate her," Hassel II said.

"I'm definitely happy we got justice on one part, we still got another one to go through, it's the beginning. I guess I could say it's the beginning of the end, but nothing will ever bring him back."

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U.S. Army Sgt. Kemia Hassel of Fort Worth, Georgia, plotted to murder her husband Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III over Snapchat with her lover Jeremy Cuellar. Berrien County Prosecutor