’48 Hours’ Investigates “Shootout at the Shaughnessys” January 13 2024

In an episode of “48 Hours” titled “Shootout at the Shaughnessys’,” Jaclyn Edison, convicted for her role in a plot to murder a millionaire Texas jeweler, speaks exclusively about her sentence and involvement. This article delves into the harrowing details of the case, highlighting the complexities of family betrayal and the justice system.

Background of the Case

The story begins on March 2, 2018, when intruders entered the home of Ted and Corey Shaughnessy, wealthy jewelers in Austin, Texas. The incident tragically ended in the death of 55-year-old Ted Shaughnessy. Investigators initially speculated about the nature of the attack, considering it a possible random attack or robbery gone wrong. However, Amy Meredith, an assistant district attorney at the time, sensed something different: “This was not a stranger killing.”

Further investigation revealed a shocking truth: the plot involved the Shaughnessys’ son, Nicolas, and his wife, Jaclyn Edison. Evidence, including incriminating text messages, pointed to a discussion about hiring hitmen for the murder.

The Legal Twist

In a groundbreaking turn of events, Nick Shaughnessy and two alleged hitmen were charged with capital murder. The district attorney’s office later offered a deal to avoid a possible death sentence, resulting in reduced murder charges and a 35-year prison sentence for all three.

For her part in the conspiracy to commit capital murder, Edison received a 120-day jail sentence and 10 years’ probation. She must also spend the night in jail on the anniversary of Ted Shaughnessy’s murder for the next decade.

Jaclyn Edison’s Perspective

Upon completing her sentence, Edison was approached by “48 Hours” producer Jenna Jackson, who questioned the fairness of her sentence compared to the others involved. Edison maintained her position, stating, “I think that it’s fair. I think it accurately reflects the level of involvement.”

When confronted with accusations of being a partner in the murder plot, Edison denied her involvement, suggesting that Nick Shaughnessy was attempting to clear his name and that Corey Shaughnessy was in denial.

The “48 Hours” episode offers a unique insight into the case, bringing to light the intricate details and emotional complexities of this family tragedy. The episode stands as a profound exploration of greed, betrayal, and the legal and moral consequences of such heinous acts.

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Ryan Gill

Ryan is a passionate follower of true crime television programs, reporting on and providing in-depth investigations on mysteries in the criminal world.

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