Woman Jailed in Plot to Kill Ex-Husband Says She Didn’t Want Him Dead


Robert Bessey would not discuss whether or not he was abusive to Amy Bessey, but said, "When I meant no, I meant no. When I meant yes, I meant yes. Is that controlling? I don't know."

A month after Michael Bessey's arrest, a jailhouse informant revealed to the district attorney's office that Michael Bessey had been spilling details of the plan to kill Robert Bessey, including how Amy Bessey had been planning the murder for months.

Amy Bessey was charged with seven felonies, including conspiracy to commit murder. At her trial this past November, the prosecution told the jury it had evidence that she had hatched multiple plots to kill her ex-husband. According to the prosecution's theory, her motive was not safety from years of abuse, but Robert Bessey's $250,000 insurance policy, of which she was the beneficiary.

"We suspected Amy was involved pretty much from the beginning because she was the one that directly benefits from Robert's death" Clark County Nevada Assistant District Attorney Sam Martinez told "20/20."

"That is beyond me," Amy Bessey said. "That's just pure evil. ... That's not the kind of person I am."

The prosecution argued that Amy Bessey masterminded a plan to kill her ex-husband, with Michael Bessey and Pearson, who had just finished a stint in prison, doing the dirty work.

Amy Bessey maintained her innocence throughout the two-week long trial, but it took a jury just six hours of deliberation to find her guilty.

Michael Bessey and Pearson both pled guilty and are expected to be sentenced at the end of April. The two can each receive 8 to 20 years in prison. They declined requests from "20/20" for interviews.

"I have forgiven everybody. I need to forgive them so I can move on with my life," Robert Bessey said. "Nobody's died here, so moving on is dealing with family with a forgiving heart."

"I may be in jail, but for the last 20 years, I've been in prison," Amy Bessey said. "So for me to have the freedom of my own will instead of a world being imposed on me on a daily basis, there is freedom in that.

"I got away. I'm alive. I'm whole. I'm rejoicing."

Watch ABC News' "20/20" on Friday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

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