Tiffany Cole letter envelope set
Tiffany Cole letter envelope set
Tiffany Ann Cole (born December 3, 1981) is an American woman who was found guilty of the kidnapping and first-degree murder of a Duval County, Florida husband and wife and sentenced to death. Also found guilty in the case were three men: Alan Wade, Bruce Nixon, and Cole's boyfriend Michael Jackson. Prosecutors said Cole and the three men developed a plan to kidnap and kill the couple to steal their money, and dug a grave for them in Charlton County, Georgia two days before knocking on their door and asking to use the phone. As of February 2015, Cole is the third youngest woman on death row in the United States.
Tiffany Cole was a familiar face to Carol and Reggie Sumner, her family having been neighbors of the 61-year-old couple in South Carolina. When the Sumners moved to Jacksonville, Florida in March 2005, they sold a car to Cole. Cole agreed to make monthly payments and often drove with friends to Jacksonville in order to do so.
In June 2005, Cole and her new boyfriend, Michael Jackson, drove to Jacksonville to complete the paperwork on the car. While there, they stayed at the Sumner home. It is while staying with the couple that Jackson began hatching a plan to rob the couple and steal money from their bank accounts.
Early the next month, in July 2005, the plan was put into action. Tiffany Cole, Michael Jackson and two other men, Alan Wade and Bruce Nixon, drove to the Sumners' home. Wade and Nixon went to the door and asked to use the phone. Once inside, Wade and Nixon attacked. The Sumners were bound and gagged with duct tape, put into the trunk of their Lincoln town car and driven across the border to a remote part of Georgia. Cole and Jackson travelled separately in their car, planning to get deliberately pulled over for speeding if police got too close to the Lincoln. Once in Georgia, the Sumners were forced to reveal the personal identification numbers of their bank accounts. The couple, blindfolded and bound, were then pushed into an pre-dug grave and buried alive by Wade and Nixon.
Cole subsequently pawned jewelry and other items stolen from the Sumners' home, and the ATM card was used to obtain more than $1000 in cash. Three of the group were tracked back to a hotel in South Carolina by the use of the ATM card and arrested there.
At Cole's week-long trial in October 2007, the jury deliberated for less than 90 minutes before finding her guilty of first-degree murder. They voted 9 to 3 that she should receive the death penalty. Some of the evidence included photos of Cole and two co-defendants in a limousine, celebrating with champagne and handfuls of cash.
Five months later, a judge handed down two death sentences for the murders, and a sentence to life in prison for the kidnappings. She awaits execution at Lowell Correctional Institution Annex..
Cole is one of four women currently on Florida's death row, the others being Margaret Allen, Tina Brown and Ana Maria Cardona, all sentenced to death in unrelated murders.
Wade and Jackson also received two death sentences and await execution. Nixon, who had led police to the bodies and testified against the others, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
The letter and envelope are both handwritten. The letter is signed, Tiff.