Nicholas Shaunessy
(Brazos Co. Jail)

A former College Station resident has been sentenced for the murder of his father.

Nicolas Shaughnessy, the son of a well-known Austin jeweler who was murdered in 2018 has pleaded guilty in the murder-for-hire plot.

Shaughnessy has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading gulity to having his father, Theodore Shaughnessy, killed in order to obtain up to $8 million in life insurance and business and personal property.

Arieon Smith, who was also charged in the murder, was also sentenced to 35 years in prison after also pleading guilty. Both men will be eligible for parole in about 20 years, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

Shaugnessy’s ex-wife Jaclyn Edison, was also charged with soliciting to commit capital murder in 2018.

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