There are some really odd statements in that story about the plea deal. Things just don't add up.
For example: "Under the agreement, Kesser is required to make a full statement and answer any questions regarding the death of his estranged wife, Mary Kesser. He will also have to take a polygraph test and testify “truthfully” in any trial related to her death.
If Kesser completes all of the conditions, he will be convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. If he lies during questioning or commits perjury while testifying, Kesser will be convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life.
...If Kesser refuses to testify, make statements or take the polygraph, the plea agreement is off the table.
”That would be in violation of the agreement,” said Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen.
Really? A forced confession? And how are you supposed to KNOW if he is telling the truth in any trial related to her death? That seems absurd and improvable. Who comes up with "conditions" like that? Are you going to have a trial to prove THAT?Who's going to CONVICT him of first-degree murder and sentence him to 25 years to life IF he lies, IF you suspect he is lying, how are you going to prove it? Paul? Paul couldn't even take him to trial with real evidence of a real crime.
The District Attorney's Office also agreed to drop the special circumstance count of murder for monetary gain, a move which makes Kesser eligible for parole. As part of the deal, Kesser waives his right to appeal his conviction.
Three people were convicted of this crime BECAUSE it was a MURDER for MONETARY GAIN case. If it wasn't, it would seem at least that Leahy would then be not guilty.
Kesser may be called to testify in the trial of his one time codefendant and girlfriend, Jennifer Gayle Leahy.
Why wasn't SHE given this deal? To roll over on Kesser. Makes more sense, unless she was the mastermind, and came up with the money...
Fortuna Police Chief Kris Kitna, who worked on the Kesser case in 1991, said he trusted the district attorney's judgment.
Ya gotta be kiddin' me.
If the plea agreement is accepted, which won't officially happen until Leahy's trial is completed, and Kesser complies with the orders of the agreement, he will also be convicted of a felony criminal threats charge, which is a strikeable offense.
”If he's ever paroled, he'll have two strikes against him,” Gallegos said.
AND THEN YOU HAVE THIS: If Kesser is convicted of the second-degree murder charge, he may be immediately eligible for a parole hearing because he's been in prison for 16 years. Gallegos said it is unlikely that Kesser will be paroled.
There's an IF in there? Again, who's gonna determine IF he "completes all of the conditions"? Paul? When? And how?
You're gonna let him go if he tells you how he did it? This is worse than OJ's "If I did it."