Jennifer Emmi: Mom pleads guilty to strangling child, hiring hitmen to kill husband's girlfriend

Jennifer Emmi: Mom pleads guilty to strangling child, hiring hitmen to kill husband's girlfriend
Jennifer Emmi pleaded guilty to plotting her estranged husband's death (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

EVERGREEN, COLORADO: An animal rights attorney from Colorado accused of planning to kill her estranged husband’s girlfriend has pleaded guilty to a number of charges. It has also been alleged that Jennifer Reba Emmi, whose other name is Jennifer Reba Edwards, held a knife to her husband’s throat, strangled her child, and threatened to drive her car into a tractor-trailer with their kids in it.

According to reports, the 43-year-old has pleaded guilty to seven felonies and four misdemeanors, which included solicitation to commit second-degree murder, menacing, heat-of-passion strangulation, attempting to influence a judge, violation of a bail bond, retaliation against a witness, stalking, criminal mischief, reckless driving, tampering and two counts of child abuse. The court documents stated that under the terms of the plea deal, 11 other felonies and 12 misdemeanor charges will be dissolved. If found guilty of the charges, she could face time behind bars, but the defense is asking for probation.


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Emmi was arrested in January 2021 after being accused of approaching two staffers on her Colorado ranch about murdering her husband’s girlfriend, who earlier had been the family's au pair. She was taken into custody following several months of the probe and an operation that included undercover meetings, blackmail, and extortion attempts. A 35-page affidavit filed at the time noted that one of her employees informed the sheriff’s office about her plan in November 2020. He alleged that her boss had asked him to “take care of” her alienated husband’s girlfriend. Initially, the host of a popular Facebook show about animals allegedly wanted to kill the other woman and also offered a possible start-up cost of $2,500 to $5,000. But later, she allegedly planned to kill her husband too.

Emmi had allegedly said, “I’m inclined to kill two birds with one stone so to speak,” and added that her estranged partner was the “one leading this battle.” As per investigators, she also spoke with a second ranch hand, who had earlier worked as a Special Operations Scout Sniper in the military, about her alleged plan. However, her lawyer, Colin Bresee, defended her, saying, “The allegations, at least the way the warrant reads, is she's understandably upset. She finds out that after sacrificing her body and having three beautiful kids that her husband literally traded her in for a much younger girl. It's not unusual for someone whose husband is having an affair with the au pair to be upset and mad. The line of saying how mad you are and how enraged you are and saying it to other people — it seems odd one of them was then a confidential informant who was working with police.”

At the time, Emmi also defended herself and told Denver television station KDVR, “I was set up, and I have been repeatedly set up. All I can say is I want the truth to come out. The whole thing is crazy. I don’t want to hurt anyone.” Police have not charged those men while Emmi is expected to be sentenced on August 16.

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