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San Antonio Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office January 27, 2010
  • Western District of Texas (210) 384-7100

United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio this afternoon, 46-year-old Theresa A. Tolliver was sentenced to life in federal prison for conspiring to kill her husband in order to collect insurance proceeds.

In addition, United States District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ordered that Tolliver pay $594,200.73 in restitution, which represented the life insurance proceeds as well as the military and VA death benefits she collected.

On October 22, 2009, a jury found Tolliver guilty of conspiracy to cause travel in commission of murder-for-hire. Testimony during trial revealed that from October 2000 until November 2000, Tolliver conspired with her boyfriend, Emanuel Fonzie, to cause Jeremy Farr, a Helena, Arkansas resident, to travel to San Antonio in order to carry out the murder of Tolliver’s estranged husband, Derrick T. Tolliver. On November 20, 2000, authorities discovered Derrick Tolliver’s body inside his San Antonio residence with two gunshots to the back of his head.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted for the government by Assistant United States Attorneys Bill Baumann and Tom Moore.

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