Jennifer Lynne Faith, the wife of Oak Cliff who convinced her boyfriend to shoot her husband, was today sentenced to federal life in prison for orchestrating the murder, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced. , Chad E. Meacham.
In February 2021, prosecutors charged Ms Faith, 49, with obstruction of justice. In September 2021, they added a charge of using interstate commerce in the commission of murder-for-hire, an offense that carries a potential death penalty. In return for his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the obstruction charge and recommend a life sentence. Ms Faith pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced on Tuesday by US District Judge Jane J. Boyle, who also ordered her to pay $6,500 in restitution to her late husband’s family to cover funeral expenses and a $250,000 fine.
At his sentencing hearing, prosecutors introduced into evidence a video from Mrs. Faith describing the murder to Dallas Homicide Detective Chris Walton the morning of her husband’s murder.
“I turned around and just saw this person shooting and shooting. I couldn’t believe – I didn’t know him. Like, why?” she said sobbing. “Lots of hits, five, six, maybe, I feel like it. And he just kept going, and I’m like, stop it!
“And then I saw the person turn around and like, just, dark eyes, come at me. So I started – I yelled no and started running. And he tackled me in the ground,” she continued. “He was trying to attack me the whole time I was screaming.”
Prosecutors also introduced into evidence surveillance audio of Ms. Faith screaming during the attack and video of her crying hysterically afterwards.
According to the plea documents, Ms Faith later admitted that her boyfriend, Darrin Ruben Lopez, 49, shot and killed her husband, American Airlines Chief Technology Officer Jamie Faith, on October 9, 2020 outside his home at Oak Cliff. (Mr. Lopez has been charged by the state with murder and by the federal government with a crime committed with a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty to both counts. Like all defendants, he is presumed innocent until proven otherwise in court.)
Ms Faith admitted she knew Mr Lopez – whom she called her ‘one and only love’ – suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in the US military in Iraq, leaving him disabled. Before and after the murder, she sent Mr. Lopez money and gifts, and even provided him with two credit cards which she paid for using proceeds from a GoFundMe fundraiser “Support Jennifer Faith” launched following the death of her husband.
She also admitted that prior to the murder she had used two fake email accounts to correspond with Mr. Lopez, assuming the identity of her own husband and a friend of his in order to falsely convince Mr. Lopez that her husband abused her physically and sexually. . (In the plea documents, Ms. Faith stated that no such abuse had ever occurred.) Ms. Faith admitted that she had downloaded stock footage depicting injuries from the internet and attached them to some of the emails to convince Mr. Lopez that the abuse was actually happening. .
After her arrest, she continued to maintain the fiction. During Tuesday’s sentencing, prosecutors presented a handwritten note she sent to Mr Lopez dated October 19, 2021 – less than a month after court documents described the email system:
“Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve never lied to you and never emailed you from any account other than mine, like me,” she said. “There’s a ton more I wish I could say, but I can’t right now.”
Seven months into her relationship with Mr. Lopez, Ms. Faith left her home with her husband to walk their dog, she admitted in plea documents. A minute into their walk, Mr. Lopez – who reportedly drove from his home in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee, to the Faiths’ home in Dallas, where he was waiting at a neighbor’s house – reportedly shot Mr. Faith seven times before fleeing the scene in his black Nissan Titan pickup truck, which had a distinctive “T” decal on the rear window.
After learning that law enforcement knew about the ‘T’ sticker, Ms Faith appeared on DFW’s ABC affiliate WFAA and pleaded with the public to help investigators locate the truck transferred. After the interview, Ms Faith texted Mr Lopez and encouraged him to remove the sticker from his truck, she admitted.
“I woke up a little freaked out… Something is eating at me telling me you need to remove the sticker from the back window of the truck,” she texted him. “Normally I don’t overreact like that…I really think you need to take this sticker down as soon as possible, like today.” Mr Lopez reportedly removed the sticker the following day.
Meanwhile, about a month after her husband’s death, Ms. Faith admitted, she filed a claim with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company seeking about $629,000 in death benefits that Mr. Faith had through his employer. She periodically updated Mr. Lopez on the status of the claim. In text messages, the couple discussed using the money to apply for a residency in their name in Tennessee.
In January 2021, shortly after being asked to appear for questioning by investigators, Ms. Faith contacted Mr. Lopez to coordinate their cover stories, she admitted in plea documents.
At his sentencing, prosecutors introduced into evidence a text message from Ms. Faith to Mr. Lopez dated January 10, 2021:
“Don’t text me on Monday. I am going to factory reset my phone Sunday night after deleting text messages,” she wrote.
“Okay, that sounds good,” Mr. Lopez replied. “Big hug.”
ATF officers arrested Mr. Lopez for murder at Cumberland Furnace on January 11, 2021. The firearm used to kill Mr. Faith was found at Mr. Lopez’s home.
On February 2, 2021, shortly before being charged, Ms. Faith contacted a third party and requested that a message be forwarded to Mr. Lopez, who was then detained in Dallas.
“I am with him, I will always be with him no matter what. I had to be careful as every communication is monitored,” the message read in part. “Please say him as soon as possible that I will always be his.”
“Mrs. Faith put on quite a performance in the wake of her husband’s murder. She told her bloody story to reporters and law enforcement, then returned home to orchestrate his cover-up,” the U.S. attorney said. Chad Meacham “But crocodile tears didn’t stop the feds. We were determined to get justice for Jamie, and with the judge’s imposition of a life sentence this afternoon, we we are closer.
“No amount of time spent in federal prison can ever bring Mr. Faith back, but this conviction shows the seriousness of Mrs. Faith’s criminal acts. His senseless attempt to influence law enforcement and public opinion will forever be etched in the hearts of those touched by his monstrous crime. I want to personally thank the Dallas Police Department Detectives, Assistant United States Attorneys, and ATF Special Agents who were ultimately responsible for bringing this villain to justice,” said Jeffrey C. Boshek. II, special agent in charge of the ATF field division in Dallas.
After hearing the evidence presented by the prosecutor, US District Judge Jane J. Boyle chastised Ms Faith as “pure evil” before handing down her life sentence.
The Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit conducted the investigation with assistance from the ATF’s Nashville Field Office, the Bureau Dallas Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Tennessee Office of Investigation’s Aviation Unit, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. NDTX’s US associate attorneys Rick Calvert and Andrew Briggs are prosecuting the case.
Copies of public exhibits are made available to accredited media upon request.