Jacqueline Ray sentenced to 18 years in prison for hiring hit man to kill son-in-law

Note: This Jacqueline Ray whom we are going to talk about is not an American actress or the first wife of Tom Selleck.

Washington woman Jacqueline Ray lived her life happily until 2014 until she was sentenced to prison for 18 years. She made the headlines all over the world when she hired a hitman to kill her daughter’s husband.

What is Jacqueline Ray’s actual story?

Jacqueline admitted that she tried to murder son-in-law, Leon Bauchum, spouse of Umeko. She also admitted that she paid the hitman Luis Barker $12,000 to murder Leon Bauchum.

Umeko’s husband Bauchum was beaten badly and shot before being dumped in a ditch near Gig Harbor. According to the reports, his hands and feet were bound with duct tape and there was tape over his eyes.

Source: KIRO-TV (Victim Leon Bauchum)
Source: KIRO-TV (Victim Leon Bauchum)

Why Jacqueline Ray tried to kill her son-in-law?

When her crime was exposed, Jacqueline Ray admitted paying $12,000 for Leon Bauchum’s murder. During the investigation, she told the investigators she tried to kill her son-in-law because she feared for her daughter’s life.

She told that her son-in-law Leon repeatedly abused her daughter Umeko. She also said that Leon was abusing her grandchildren and she was only trying to protect her daughter and grandchildren.

Leon Bauchum and Umeko Ray
Leon Bauchum and Umeko Ray (Source: adamsdecor)

What Jacqueline’s daughter said about it

Umeko, daughter of Jacqueline also admitted that she was just trying to protect her and her children.

She said,

She was really trying to protect me and my children. My mother did not do what she did because she had any hate or didn’t want me to be with Leon.”

According to Kiro7 TV, Umeko Bauchum told Judge Stanley Rumbaugh during her mother’s sentencing hearing that her mother just tried to keep her family safe.

During her mother’s sentencing hearing, she said,

“My mother is not an evil person.”

Umeko also asked for the lowest possible sentence for her mother. She also said that she made a horrible choice. She added,

“I know she was trying to protect me, and I love her very much.”

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What Jacqueline Ray said about her crime

During the sentencing hearing, Jacqueline said nothing about Bauchum’s murder or her motive. She said that she was sorry. She stated,

“It is my hope with my sentencing here today, with God’s mercy, everyone would someday forgive me.”

Rev. Edmond Holle Plaehn, Ray’s pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma also attended the sentencing hearing. He also pleaded with the Pierce County Judge for mercy. He asked mercy for Ray pointing to her decades of volunteering in her local community.

Ray imprisoned for getting her son-in-law killed
Ray imprisoned for getting her son-in-law killed(Source: KIRO TV)

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He said,

“I ask for mercy, your honor, I ask for grace. I ask for the lightest sentence possible.”

When Ray was found guilty, she was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2014. Her sentence reduced because she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

Judge Stanley Rumbaugh said that Ray’s actions during the summer of 2012 were not deserving of leniency.

She added,

“Where was mercy when Leon Baucham lay dying on Jackie Ray’s doorstep?” Rumbaugh said. “There was no mercy for Leon Baucham.”

Assassin Luis Barker was also pleaded guilty and he was sentenced to 29 years in prison.

Credit: oregonlive