Army Sgt Tyrone Hassel III, 23, was home in Michigan for the holidays when he was shot and killed on New Years Eve
The wife of a soldier who was shot dead while home for the holidays is accused of concocting a plot with her lover to murder her husband.
Sgt Tyrone Hassel III, 23, was home in Michigan for the holidays when he was ambushed and killed just before midnight on New Years Eve while bringing food to his wife from a family gathering.
Police say another soldier Jeremy Cuellar, 24, pulled the trigger in a plan that involved Tyrone’s wife Spc Kemia Hassel, 22, who is also the mother of Tyrone’s one-year-old child.
Both Kemia and Cuellar are active duty soldiers at Fort Stewart in Georgia along with Tyrone.
‘The motive for the two to plot Sgt Hassel’s death may have been to continue their relationship and reap the Army’s death benefit from his murder,’ prosecutor Mike Sepic said.
Prosecutors have charged both Cuellar and Kemia with premeditated murder.
Both Tyrone’s wife Kemia Hassel, 22, and her alleged lover Jeremy Cueller, 24, are charged with his murder
Police say Kemia and Cuellar were having an affair and concocted a plan to kill Tyrone
‘It was planned out. Basically my son was assassinated,’ his father Tyrone Hassel Jr said.
Cuellar is in custody in Liberty County, Georgia, and will be extradited to Michigan.
Hassel’s father said he’s stunned by the allegations and was deceived by his daughter-in-law.
‘I spent two weeks with this person, after she killed my son. … I grieved for her more than I grieved for myself. Because I saw a woman that lost her husband,’ Tyrone Hassel told WSBT-TV .
Tyrone III and Kemia were married in May 2017 and share a one-year-old son.
Hassel Jr said his son was gunned down while bringing his wife a plate of food.
‘He came back out the house and somebody shot him,’ Hassel Jr told
He said at the time that he didn’t know if someone had followed him.
Upon arrival, officers found Sgt Hassel ‘gravely injured’ with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the police department.
Kemia and Cuellar are both active duty members along with Tyrone at Fort Stewart in Georgia
Tyrone had just been promoted to sergeant. He and Kemia shared a one-year-old son
He was treated at the scene and rushed to Spectrum Lakeland Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Hassel’s obituary says he enlisted in the Army in 2015, and has since received multiple honors.
He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, The German Army Proficiency Badge and completed a nine-month rotation in South Korea.
His most recent accomplishment was on October 31, 2017, when he was promoted to sergeant.
The soldier’s funeral service was held Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Benton Harbor.
Sgt Hassel leaves behind numerous family members who will forever cherish his memory, including seven brothers and two sisters.
His father, Tyrone Hassel Jr (pictured), said he was shocked to learn that his daughter-in-law was involved i nhis son’s death