Pam Hupp faces a life in jail after admitting on Wednesday that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger in August 2016.
In a courtroom in St. Charles, Missouri, Hupp entered a petition from Alford and allowed her to avoid a death penalty without blaming the case.
"We asked for the death penalty in this case. She will not receive a death sentence. She will spend a life in prison without parole. So she will never spend another day of her life outside a jail cell, "Missouri Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said in a press conference on Wednesday after the hearing. "If I stand here today, I'll tell you that I believe she deserves to be killed."
The prosecutor added that Hupps Alford plea not "surprised" him.
"I do not think she does." the courage to say that she did it. She has shown that she is cowardly and manipulative from day one, "he said, adding that" we may never hear her taking any responsibility in this regard.
Gumpenberger's family supports "very much the abolition of the death penalty" as "her". She would most like to spend the rest of her life behind bars.
"This culminates in a nearly three-year effort to finally bring some justice and closure to the victim's family," Lohmar said at the hearing. "They were extremely patient during this process. Death penalties seem to take longer than they should. This case was no different. "
At the press conference on Wednesday, Lohmar pointed to various evidences that led to the arrest of Hupp in August 201
"The evidence in this case was, in my opinion, overwhelming since the first day. "He said Lohmar told reporters that during a Hupp interview with the police, she took a pen that was lying on a table and later stabbed her neck and wrists in the bathroom." For us, how This is a clear sign of guilt. "
The prosecutors questioned whether Pam Hupp could also be linked to the 2011 murder Girlfriend Betsy Faria and the indefinite death of her own mother in 2013, Shirley Neumann.
"That's what we talked about earlier – if she wants to tell us about this or any other case she has information about it, we'd definitely listen She did not accept our offer, "Lohmar said Wednesday.
Pam Hupp was the last known person to see Betsy Faria alive before she died in late December 2011 n her house was stabbed. Four days before the murder, Betsy Pam, who was suffering from terminal cancer, had taken out life insurance worth $ 150,000. It was a change that no other friends or family members of Betsy knew. Betsy's husband Russ was tried and convicted of murdering his wife in 2013. Hupp was the main witness of the state in the case against him.
Russ Faria's sentence was later reversed. In his resumption of the case by another judge in November 2015, Faria's defense lawyer pointed to Hupp as the one with the motive and opportunity to kill Betsy, even though she was not asked by either side to testify. Faria was found not guilty.
Hupp has repeatedly denied any involvement in Betsy Faria's murder. Hupp was never charged in connection with Betsy's murder.
Pam Hupp to be sentenced on 12th August. Prosecutor Lohmar said that the conviction would not predict the impact of the victim of Louis Gumpenberger's family.
As previously reported by Dateline, Hupp called 9:11 AM on August 16, 2016, to report an active break-in at her home in O'Fallon, Missouri. While talking on the phone, she told 911 that she had shot the intruder in self-defense.
Gumpenberger, the alleged intruder, was declared dead at the scene. He was later identified by his fingerprints; He had no ID at the time, but his pockets contained $ 900 in cash and a slip of paper. According to the Probable Cause explanation, the note "appeared to be instructions for Gumpenberger to kidnap Hupp, to get Russ' money from her bank, and to kill Hupp to collect the remainder of the $ 10,000."  Prosecutor Lohmar shared with reporters that Pam Hupp had devised a sophisticated plan to win Russ Faria for the assassination of his wife Betsy. According to prosecutors Lohmar, it would seem that Russ had hired a killer to assassinate Pam so that he could receive the insurance money that had been given to her after Betsy's murder.
In November 2017, the death of Hupps mother was changed from "random" to "indefinite" according to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office. A spokesperson told Dateline that the change followed the investigation of Pam.
Police found Hupp's mother, Shirley Neumann, dead in 2013 on the floor under her balcony in a retirement home in Fenton, Missouri. The railing on her balcony was broken. Neumann was 77 years old.
Suzanne McCune, an administrative employee of the St. Louis County Medical Examiner Office, told Dateline in November 2017 that chief physician Dr. Mary Case's view was that the information and evidence that since [Neumann’s] Death was sufficient to indicate that "accident" no longer constituted an adequate determination. "
McCune told Dateline that for a type of death to be determined as an accident, the fatal injuries must be considered unintentional. This, she said, is no longer the case in Neumann's case.
"That does not mean it's intended," added McCune. "It means that the amount of available evidence is no longer clear and compelling enough to indicate that it was an accident."
No lawsuits have been filed in connection with Shirley Neumann's death.
See the latest on Dateline's case report, here: Stranger Than Fiction.