Because…breaking up is so hard to do… and no mention of a plea agreement.

Eveleth woman sentenced to nearly 29 years for arranging boyfriend’s murder

By Tom Olsen Today at 11:11 a.m.
Janessa Lynn Peters

VIRGINIA — An Eveleth woman was sentenced to nearly 29 years in prison after admitting that she arranged the murder of her boyfriend in 2014.

Janessa Lynn Peters, 22, received the sentence Monday from Judge James Florey in State District Court in Virginia.

Peters admitted in November 2015 that she arranged the April 2014 killing of 28-year-old Harley Joseph Jacka inside a Virginia apartment.

Peters testified that she asked co-defendant Bartholamy Jake Drift to kill Jacka because she was having difficulty breaking up with him.

Peters was not initially a suspect, but voluntarily came forward to admit her role to law enforcement in August 2015.

The 346-month sentence is a guideline term for the second-degree murder conviction and was recommended by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office. The defense sought a term of only 200 months, citing Peters’ cooperation and remorse.

Co-defendant Anthony James Isham last month received a 363-month sentence. Another suspect, John Edward Isham, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received 6 ½ years in prison.

The case is expected to be fully resolved on Jan. 23 when Drift is sentenced on his second-degree murder conviction.

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