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Deadly Wives: Carol Kopenkoskey killed her husband, Lyle Kopenkoskey; Sentenced to 18-35 years in prison

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Lyle Kopenkoskey
Lyle Kopenkoskey

Lyle Kopenkoskey obituary
Autopsy planned in Grand Rapids today for Petoskey man found dead in Northern Michigan
Wife of Petoskey man found dead in October arrested, charged with murder
Wife Of Man Killed In Oct. Charged With Murder
Books on committing murder, cleaning up crime scenes found during searches of slain Petoskey man’s home
Petoskey woman charged with husband’s slaying is released from jail on $500,000 bond
Attorney for Petoskey woman charged in husband’s slaying calls case weak, testimony bizarre
Summer trial date set for Petoskey woman accused of killing her husband, Lyle Kopenkoskey
Kopenkoskey on her husband’s death: ‘I shot him five times’
Carol Kopenkoskey gets 18-35 years for killing husband
Kopenkoskey admits to setting fire to her business 28 years ago
Carol’s pen pal ad

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Carol Kopenkoskey

INMATE INFORMATION

Carol Kopennkoskey prison mug

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Photo of Offender
MDOC Number: 923020
SID Number: 1140668K
Name: CAROL ANN KOPENKOSKEY
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Female
Hair: Gray
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5′ 3″
Weight: 172 lbs.
Date of Birth: 08/26/1953 (62)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner Earliest Release Date: 12/22/2031
Assigned Location: Huron Valley Complex/Women’s Maximum Discharge Date: 12/22/2048
Security Level: II

ALIASES
CAROL DUNKEL

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Mole- Right Back
Scar- Back Right Arm
Scar- Left Knee
Scar- Left Neck
Scar- Lower Back
Scar- Right Knee
Scar- Right Neck
Scar- Right Stomach

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second DegreeMinimum
Sentence: 18 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: 35 years 0 months
Court File#: 13003785-FC-P
Date of Offense: 10/02/2012
County: Emmet
Date of Sentence: 02/25/2014
Conviction Type: Plea

Deadly Women: Martha Jane Johnson killed her live-in boyfriend, Joel Hutto; Sentenced to life in prison

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Woman charged with killing longtime boyfriend, burning body
Dale County judge considers Johnson’s request for a new trial in bizarre murder case

INMATE INFORMATION

MarthaJaneJohnson prison mug

Inmate: JOHNSON, MARTHA JANE
AIS: 00202230
Institution: TUTWILER PRISON
Race: W
Sex: F
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 198
Birth Year: 1952
Custody MIN-IN

JohnsonMJ info

Deadly Wives: Patricia James got Timothy Ott to kill her husband, Bernard James, for her; Sentenced to LWOP

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Police Release Sketch Of Suspect Sought In Manors Man`s Killing
Two Held In Manors Killing
Murder Defendant Describes Slaying, Role Of Victim`s Wife
Murder Retrial Begins Wife Charged With Slaying Of Husband In Complex Case
Attorney: Lies, Love Led To Murder
Woman Guilty Of Murder In Plot To Kill Husband
Woman Gets Life In Prison Judge Hands Down Sentence In Intricate Murder Plot
Killer Gets 20-year Term In Strangling

Movies/Defendants
Evil Stepmothers: Deadly Role Play

Defendants
Patricia James – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Timothy Ott – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Patricia James prison mug

DC Number: 161336
Name: JAMES, PATRICIA L
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’04”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/13/1950
Initial Receipt Date: 11/18/1988
Current Facility: LOWELL C.I.
Current Custody: MEDIUM
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
PATRICIA DEE DONAHUE JAMES
PATRICIA L JAMES
PATRICIA L. JAMES

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date 03/24/1987
Offense 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.
Sentence Date 11/10/1988
County BROWARD
Case No. 8709610
Prison Sentence Length SENTENCED TO LIFE

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 11/18/1988
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Deadly Wives: Sheila Graham-Trott killed Kelly Brennan, her estranged husband’s girlfriend; Sentenced to life in prison

Kelly Brennan
Kelly Brennan

Kelly Brennan obituary
Estranged wife of former Indialantic mayor held in killing of nurse
Former Florida mayor’s ex-wife on trial for ‘beating his new girlfriend to death with a hammer’
Former Mayor’s Ex-Wife Faces Trial in Florida Love Triangle Slaying
Sons testify against mother in her murder trial
Two sons testify in Brevard mother’s murder trial
Jury finds Sheila Trott guilty of first-degree murder in slaying of Kelly Brennan
Brevard woman guilty in love-triangle murder, sentenced to life
Read Sheila Trott’s letter about Kelly Brennan’s murder
Murderpedia: Sheila Graham-Trott
A Vision of Murder
Kelly Brennan murder: A look at the crime scene

Movies/Documentaries
48 Hours: A Vision of Murder
Deadly Sins:What’s Mine Is Mine

INMATE INFORMATION

SheilaTTrott prison mug

DC Number: 156607
Name: GRAHAM-TROTT, SHEILA
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 129 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/08/1965
Initial Receipt Date: 09/18/2014
Current Facility: LOWELL ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
SHEILA GRAHAM-TROTT
SHIELA GRAHAM-TROTT
SHEILA TROTT

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date 02/15/2010
Offense 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.
Sentence Date 09/16/2014
County BREVARD
Case No. 1023904
Prison Sentence Length SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
10/16/2014 ICE ORLOANDO DETAIN

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 09/18/2014
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Deadly Duo: Joel Millsap and William Chase shot and killed Jacob Hendershot, other friends helped out as well

Jacob Hendershot
Jacob Hendershot

Jacob R Hendershot obituary
Justice for Jacob Hendershot
Family of boy killed by vampire cult mourn
Stephanie Pistey, Arrested in Boy’s Death, Claims She’s a Vampire/Werewolf Hybrid
Two Sentenced in Parker Vampire Cult Murder
Man sentenced to 15 years in ‘Vampire Cult’ Murder
GUILTY FL – Jacob Hendershot, 16, Panama City, 14 July 2011
WTF Is Up With Murderous Vampires? Stephanie Pistey Says She’s Vampire & Werewolf

Movies/Documentaries
Dark Temptations: Hollywood Bondage/Blood Thirsty
Murder Among Friends: Unholy Friends

Tammy Morris
Tammy Morris

Defendants
Joel Millsap – pled no contest; sentenced to 25 years in prison
William Chase – pled no contest; sentenced to 25 years in prison
Stephanie Pistey – pled no contest; sentenced to 12 years in prison
James T. Gay – convicted; sentenced to 15 years in prison
Tammy Morris – pled no contest; sentenced to 3 year

INMATE INFORMATION

JoelMillsap prison mug

DC Number: A50842
Name: MILLSAP, JOEL C
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 6’02”
Weight: 151 lbs.
Birth Date: 07/21/1986
Initial Receipt Date: 02/01/2012
Current Facility: BLACKWATER C.F.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 05/13/2035

Aliases:
JOEL MILLSAP
JOEL C MILLSAP
JOEL CURTIS MILLSAP

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM ANGELIC SCRIPT(ORDO AD CADO),
TATTOO LEFT ARM CANCER SYMBOL,3 TRIANGLES,
TATTOO RIGHT ARM THEBEN CHARACTERS(MORTUSESTCOGNATI

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
07/14/2011 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 01/19/2012 BAY 1102646 25Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 02/01/2012
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

WilliamChase prison mug

DC Number: Q26993
Name: CHASE, WILLIAM H III
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 151 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/09/1993
Initial Receipt Date: 09/05/2012
Current Facility: APALACHEE EAST UNIT
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 07/09/2035

Aliases:
WILLIAM H CHASE III
WILLIAM HENRY CHASE
WILLIAM HENRY CHASE III

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT SHOULDER 3 SCORPIONS
TATTOO OTHER NEVER 4GOTTEN,6-5-50,5-20-06
TATTOO OTHER WILLIAM L CHASE (TO LEFT TORSO)

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
07/14/2011 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 08/27/2012 BAY 1102646 25Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 09/05/2012
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

StephaniePitsey prison mug

DC Number: Q26550
Name: PISTEY, STEPHANIE M
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/10/1992
Initial Receipt Date: 04/19/2012
Current Facility: FL.WOMENS RECPN.CTR
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 04/29/2023

Aliases:
STEPHANIE M PISTEY
STEPHANIE MARIA PISTEY

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
07/14/2011 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT(ACCESSORY) 03/16/2012 BAY 1102646 12Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
03/16/2012 140BAY 3YRS PRB CS NTFY/P&P
07/29/2014 MARION CO SO DETAIN 08/18/2015
08/22/2014 **AMEND MARION CO DETAIN 08/18/2015

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 04/19/2012
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

JamesGay prison mug

DC Number: Q26690
Name: GAY, JAMES T
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 6’00”
Weight: 174 lbs.
Birth Date: 02/06/1991
Initial Receipt Date: 09/05/2012
Current Facility: HOLMES C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 10/12/2025

Aliases:
JAMES GAY
JAMES T GAY
JAMES TRISTAN GAY
SMOKEY

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK SMOKEY
TATTOO LEFT ARM CROSS,JESTER,JUGGLE FAMILY,ODIE
TATTOO LEFT CHEST BLACK AND BLUE HEART
TATTOO LEFT LEG BROKEN CROSS
TATTOO RIGHT ARM GRIM REAPER
TATTOO STOMACH CROSS,SKULL

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
07/14/2011 AGG BATTERY INTENDED HARM 08/17/2012 BAY 1102646 15Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 09/05/2012
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Deadly Wives: Suzanne Lucy Schoff had her ex-husband, Frank Schoff III, killed on the last day she had custody of their children

Frank Schoff IIIFrom Suzanne Schoff’s appeal: Appellant and Husband had one child (“Son”) and lived in Baltimore, Maryland during their marriage.   After separating, Appellant made several attempts to disrupt court-ordered custody arrangements by lodging multiple complaints against Husband with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (“DSS”).  Appellant alleged Husband was sexually molesting Son during authorized visits.   DSS investigators could not substantiate Appellant’s claims by evidence available or found no evidence existed to support the allegations.   On January 17, 2003, Husband filed a motion for sole legal and physical custody of Son, which the court in Baltimore granted on July 7, 2003.

Appellant and her mother (“Mother”) began plotting the murder of Husband.   Appellant’s desire to have Husband killed was apparently motivated by her anger over their custody battle and her impending loss of control over Son. Appellant and Mother solicited three successive individuals, Robert Atkinson, Victor Tyrell, and James Gilmore, to carry out the murder on Appellant’s behalf.   Appellant and Mother told each of them about the alleged sexual abuse, and that they wanted Husband killed to prevent him from gaining custody of Son. They indicated Appellant was desperate to the point she might hurt herself and/or her children if Husband was not killed.   At various times, Appellant and Mother provided cash, bail money, intimate relationships, room and board, and other favors in exchange for the anticipated assistance.   All three men led Appellant to believe they would assist her, but none of them brought the plan to fruition.

Appellant and Mother then approached Terry Wingler (“Wingler”) to kill Husband.   Wingler and Appellant had a daughter from a brief earlier relationship.   Wingler believed Husband was sexually abusing Son, and that Appellant might hurt herself and/or the children over the custody battle.   Wingler agreed to do the killing, apparently driven by his feelings for Appellant and concern for the children.   Wingler expressed no independent, personal desire to kill Husband.   In fact, they had been childhood friends.

Appellant and Mother coordinated the details of the killing and relayed them to Wingler.   Appellant helped arrange for Wingler to pick up his gun, which Appellant’s uncle had been storing in his home in Virginia.   Appellant drove Wingler from Maryland to Husband’s auto body shop in Pennsylvania to familiarize Wingler with the area.   Mother provided Wingler with a box of bullets for the gun.   Appellant rented a gold-colored car for Wingler so his own vehicle would not be recognized.

On the eve of the killing, Appellant and Wingler stayed in a Baltimore motel with the children.   On August 6, 2002, Wingler left the motel early in the morning with a .32 caliber semiautomatic gun, ski mask, gloves and a sweater, and drove to Pennsylvania in the rental car for the sole purpose of killing Husband.   Around 2:00 p.m., he parked in front of Husband’s auto shop.   Wingler approached Husband, as he worked on a car, and shot him seven times with the .32 caliber semiautomatic gun.   Husband’s girlfriend heard the shots and ran to help him.   Husband died at the scene from fatal gunshot wounds to the torso.   A witness from across the street also heard the shots and observed the shooter, wearing a ski mask, enter the gold-colored vehicle.   After the shooting, Wingler disposed of the weapon, ski mask, gloves, and sweater in a wooded area near the auto shop.   Wingler killed Husband just a few days before Husband was to gain full custody of Son.

dv awarenessWingler maintained contact with Appellant both before and after killing Husband, when he told Appellant “the job” was done.   Wingler drove back to Baltimore and arranged to meet Appellant so she could return the rental car.   Wingler then drove to a Baltimore hospital to receive care for an injured back.   Appellant, Mother, and the children met Wingler at the hospital and proceeded to a Bob Evans restaurant.   There, officers from the Baltimore City Police Department approached the group and asked to speak with them.   Appellant, Mother, Wingler, and the children accompanied the detectives to the Baltimore City Homicide Unit.

Appellant, Mother and Wingler were subsequently arrested and charged with the murder.3  Wingler ultimately confessed to killing Husband, and entered a plea agreement by which he pled guilty to third-degree murder and criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in exchange for his testimony at Appellant’s trial.   Commonwealth witnesses also included the individuals who heard the shots fired, the individuals Appellant had originally solicited for the killing, the DSS social worker, and the police officer who had investigated the sex abuse allegations.   The Commonwealth also presented detailed testimony from a Sprint witness as to length of the cellular phone calls between Appellant and Wingler on the date of the killing as well as the cell tower locations.   On August 31, 2004, the jury convicted Appellant of first-degree murder and criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.   On October 15, 2004, the court sentenced Appellant to life imprisonment without parole.  

City duo charged in Pa. shooting
Woman killed husband (scroll down)
Woman convicted of custody-battle murder
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Suzanne Schoff 2006 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Suzanne Schoff

Defendants
Suzanne Lucy Schoff – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Terry Allen Wingler Jr – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Lucy Mariner –

INMATE INFORMATION

Suzanne Schoff

Alias: SCHOFF, SUZANNE MARINER
Offender Name: SCHOFF, SUZANNE
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 40
Location: SCI Muncy
Race: White
Contact Facility: PA Department of Corrections
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INMATE INFORMATION

Terry Wingler

Alias: WINGLER, TERRY ALLEN
Offender Name: WINGLER, TERRY A
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 42
Location: SCI Huntingdon
Race: White
Contact Facility: PA Department of Corrections
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News Archive: Lanny Horwitz murder

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Lanny Horwitz
Lanny Horwitz

Deadly Wives: Donna Horwitz killed her ex-husband Lanny Horwitz, sentenced to life in prison
Update: Lanny Horwitz murder: Ex-wife, Donna Horwitz, has her conviction overturned; Will be retried*

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Wed to Murder
48 Hours: Love, Hate & Obsession

INMATE INFORMATION

DonnaHorwitz 2015

DC Number: 156034
Name: HORWITZ, DONNA
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’04”
Weight: 111 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/21/1946
Initial Receipt Date: 01/29/2013
Current Facility: LOWELL C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
DONNA CARNEVALE
DONNA HORWITZ

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO OTHER NO TATTOO S NOTED

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
09/30/2011 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 01/17/2013 PALM BEACH 1110843 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 01/29/2013
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

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