A 43-year-old Maryland mother who was involved in a bizarre love triangle has pleaded guilty to murdering her husband and a live-in mistress in Oct. 2015.
Ann Anastasi of Lothian pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday. The victims were 40-year-old Anthony Anastasi and 25-year-old Jacqueline Riggs.
The Capital Gazette reported that Riggs was an “‘associate’ of the family and had been romantically involved with the Anastasis,” but that things changed over the summer of 2015 when she moved into the house the family of seven was renting.
Anthony Anastasi and Riggs continued to carry on a sexual relationship, but the wife was no longer involved.
What’s more, Anastasi’s 13-year-old daughter Sara and her 18-year-old boyfriend Gabriel Ezekiel Struss were involved in the murders.
Struss pleaded guilty in June to first-degree murder, while the daughter has been charged as a juvenile.
The two victims were found dead in the master bedroom of the house and the basement. Anthony Anastasi was shot, and Riggs was stabbed.
During the police investigation, recovered text messages exchanged among all three suspects referenced the killing of two people. According to the charging documents, Struss sent a text message to the teenage girl, telling her not to talk to the police or he would go to jail for life. In another message, the girl discussed taking the “fall” for the killings for Struss.
The 13-year-old girl was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and accessory after the fact. Struss was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony crime of violence.
Forensic evidence showed gunshot residue on Ann Anastasi. She originally claimed that her husband had committed suicide.
Ballistic evidence, forensic evidence and inconsistent witness stories foiled the plot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.