Lori Jenkins has been convicted in federal court on charges of Felon in Possession of Ammunition. The case went to the jury Thursday and the panel returned the verdict just hours later.
The 47-year-old Jenkins was convicted on two counts and each is punishable by up to 10-years in prison and subject to a fine of up to $250,000 followed by a term of supervised release of up to three years.
She is scheduled for sentencing June 30th.
Lori Jenkins’ defense had argued that this was a case of mistaken identity and that the crime was actually committed by Christine Bordeaux, who was originally charged. Bordeaux is a convicted felon who is facing up to 100 years in prison on unrelated charges.
While related to Lori through marriage, the two have similar features and hair. When you see surveillance video of a woman buying bullets at Canfield's, it's hard to tell who it is that's buying ammo.
Bordeaux testified Wednesday that when the Canfield's surveillance video was shown on television, she was actually watching with Lori Jenkins. She says Jenkins recognized herself in the video and wondered where it was taken. She added Jenkins even remarked that the woman in the picture could be mistaken for Bordeaux.
You can see in Jenkins' mug shot that she has short hair. Bordeaux testified that Jenkins cut her hair short after the surveillance video was released.
While in court, Bordeaux admitted she did go with Jenkins to buy the ammo, but stayed in the car. She added she had cut a deal with prosecutors so that nothing she said in her testimony could be held against her, unless it was a lie. She also said that she has used six different aliases in past years to evade the police.
In the end, prosecutors asked Bordeaux to identify who the suspect on the surveillance video was. Bordeaux said it was Jenkins.
Lori Jenkins was accused of buying the ammunition used in the murders of 26-year-old Juan Uribe-Pena and 29-year-old Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz last August, allegedly carried out by her son. She still faces accessory to murder charges in district court for allegedly helping get rid of evidence.