Daughter Convicted of Killing Plot
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) _ A woman was convicted Thursday of helping her husband and another man plan the shooting deaths of her parents at the 1996 Iowa State Fair.
Jamie Borushaski, 24, had maintained her innocence, but prosecutors painted her as a woman who was jealous of her younger siblings and wanted her parents’ wealth to resolve financial troubles.
``It’s the end of a chapter,″ said prosecutor Melodee Hanes. ``The family was decimated. I think this finality makes us all very sad.″
The jury, which deliberated 17 hours over three days, convicted Borushaski of two counts of first-degree murder. She showed no emotion as the verdict was read. She faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. No sentencing date was set.
Defense attorney Rick Olson said an appeal was likely.
Prosecutors say the woman’s husband, Rodney Borushaski, wanted to inherit Bobie and Marilyn Blewers’ money. They say he hired an acquaintance, Jerimy Sneed, to kill the couple.
Sneed pleaded guilty to federal interstate murder for hire and is serving a life sentence. Rodney Borushaski also was convicted of first-degree murder last year and is serving a life sentence.
The Blewers owned and operated Florrie’s Funnel Cakes and sold the deep-fat fried pastries out of a stand modeled after a stagecoach at state fairs across the Midwest.
They were found bound, gagged and shot to death in their trailer on Aug. 12, 1996, at a campground for fair vendors in Des Moines.
Sneed testified that it was Jamie Borushaski who pushed him to kill the Blewers. She told jurors that Sneed lied and that she was close to her parents.
She also disputed testimony by her younger brother and sister that she was consumed with envy and wanted their parents killed to get their wealth.
During opening statements, prosecutors told jurors Jamie Borushaski had filed for bankruptcy a year before the slayings and that she and her husband were behind on car and home payments and living on food stamps with their two children.
``It’s going to be hard to talk to her, hard to trust her,″ said her sister, Jada. ``I feel sorry for her because she’s going to prison for the rest of her life.″
Arnold Blewer, Bobie Blewer’s brother, said he had mixed emotions.
``I could choke her on one hand for causing this to happen, and I could hug her on the other hand because she’s family,″ he said.