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Posted on: March 22, 2019

Travis Ricci Receives a Sentence of Life in Prison For Racially Motivated Murder of Woman

PHOENIX— Travis Ricci (D.O.B. 09-03-1981) has received the sentence of Natural Life in Prison for the murder of 39-year-old Kelly Ann Jaeger in 2009. A jury found Ricci guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, attempt to commit first-degree murder, drive-by shooting and assisting a criminal street gang back in January 2019.

“This community will hold murderers accountable for killing based on someone’s race. We will not tolerate hate,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Back on October 3, 2009, the defendant saw Jaeger walking in a park with her boyfriend when he began to yell racial slurs at the couple for being bi-racial. Ricci, who was displaying Nazi and white-supremacist tattoos then went to a home and got a gun before then getting into a car to find the couple. The defendant shot the gun twice killing Jaeger and missing her boyfriend.

The defendant is currently serving a 22-year sentence for assault and weapons misconduct convictions.

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