Andrew Wamsley

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Andrew Wamsley (born July 7, 1984) is an American man from Texas who was convicted of the December 11, 2003 murders of his parents, Rick and Suzanna Wamsley on March 5, 2006.[1] Although he faced the death penalty, he was sentenced to life in prison.[2]

Crime[edit]

On the evening of December 11, 2003, Rick and Suzanna Wamsley, an upper class Mansfield, Texas couple, were shot and stabbed to death in their home by Andrew Wamsley's friend Susana Toledano.[2] The murders were part of a scheme orchestrated by Andrew Wamsley, his girlfriend Chelsea Richardson, and their friend Susana Toledano to collect on Andrew's parents' $1.65 million estate.[1] The three conspirators also wanted to kill Andrew's older sister Sarah, but she was not home on the night of the murders.[3]

Conspirators[edit]

Andrew Wamsley[edit]

Andrew Wamsley (born July 7, 1984) was the second child born to Rick and Suzanna Wamsley. He began dating Chelsea Richardson in January 2003.[3] Andrew's parents reportedly disapproved of their son's relationship with Chelsea and thereby cut him off.

Chelsea Richardson[edit]

Chelsea Lea Richardson (born March 26, 1984)[4] grew up in a working-class neighborhood of Tarrant County, Texas in contrast to her boyfriend Andrew Wamsley. She and Andrew started conspiring to kill Andrew's parents in October 2003. She was also roommates with Susana Toledano at the time of the murder.[3]

Susana Toledano[edit]

Susana Alejandra Toledano (born September 28, 1984) was Chelsea Richardson's roommate. Susana was reportedly forced by her co-defendants to shoot and stab Rick and Suzanna Wamsley on the night of December 11, 2003. She had also been made to shoot at the gas tank of the Wamsleys' Jeep Laredo during a failed murder attempt that occurred on November 9, 2003.[3]

Hilario Cardenas[edit]

Hilario Cardenas was an IHOP restaurant manager in Arlington, Texas who conspired with the three other co-defendants on how to murder the Wamsleys.[3] He provided the gun that was used in the murders.[5]

Convictions[edit]

In order to avoid the death penalty, Susana Toledano pled guilty to murder in January 2005.[5] On May 26, 2006, she was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.[3] As part of her plea deal, she testified against Chelsea and Andrew at their subsequent trials. Susana will be eligible for parole in 2034.[6]

Chelsea Richardson's trial began in May 2005. Chelsea's fellow prison inmates testified at her trial that she had admitted her role in the murders.[3] Susana Toledano also testified that Chelsea told her to kill the Wamsleys so they could share in the family's estate.[5] After only three hours of deliberation, Chelsea was convicted of capital murder. The jury deliberated for just over two hours before unanimously sentencing Chelsea to lethal injection. The jury cited the crime's brutal and premeditated nature, and the fact that she was considered a "danger to society."[3] She became the first female sentenced to death in Tarrant County, Texas, later followed by Lisa Coleman. On December 13, 2011, Chelsea's sentence was later commuted to life in prison.[7]

Andrew Wamsley was convicted of capital murder on March 5, 2006.[1] However, jurors did not view Andrew as a future danger to society and sentenced him to life in prison. His conviction and life sentence were affirmed by the Second District of Texas Court of Appeals on March 13, 2008.[8] Andrew is serving his sentence at the Connally Unit in Kenedy, Texas; Barring a successful appeal, Andrew will be eligible for parole in 2044.[6]

For his role, Hilario Cardenas pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. On May 26, 2006, he received a 50 year sentence with parole eligibility in 2014.[6]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Man gets life for parents' slayings". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
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  4. ^ "Offender Information". Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  5. ^ a b c "Woman who helped kill boyfriend's parents given death (Texas)". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  6. ^ a b c "Susana Toledano". Retrieved 2011-08-16. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Offenders No Longer on Death Row". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Case Law Full Display". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-04.