Fort Hood Army Soldier Gary Prokop Murdered by Wife & Friends for Military Death Benefits & Life Insurance; Tyshee Prokop Sentenced to Life in Prison (June 25, 1998)

Full Episode: Tyshee Prokop is a young army wife living in Texas. At first her marriage to her husband Gary is a happy one, but Tyshee is unwilling to give up her party girl lifestyle, and after a year of marriage, Gary decides to leave her and the army. In June 1998, Tyshee hires a friend of her secret lover to shoot Gary so that she can continue receiving his army benefits and collect on his life insurance. -To Have and To Kill, Deadly Women (S8, E14)

Tyshee Prokop and her childhood friends from Killeen, Texas murdered Gary Prokop, an Army soldier stationed at Fort Hood in 1998. Tyshee married Gary shortly after meeting him and they had a child together. But Tyshee wasn’t ready for family life. About a year and a half after they were married, they filed for divorce. Gary was going to get out of the Army and move back home. Tyshee conspired with her friends to have Gary murdered before he got out of the Army so she could collect medical benefits and the $100,000 dollar life insurance policy. He was murdered on June 25th with a single gunshot wound to the head while he was sleeping. One of the co-conspirators, Rodney Barfield, felt remorse about his involvement with the crime. He confessed his full involvement in the murder and detailed everyone’s roles. In 2002, Tyshee Prokop and her friends were arrested and charged with the murder of Gary Prokop. They were sentenced as follows:

Tyshee Manik Prokop – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Charles Edward Turnbull III – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Rodney Barfield – pled guilty, sentenced to 25 years
Reuben James Salgado – pled guilty (tampering with evidence charge)
Jacob Luther Harris – pled guilty (to a conspiracy charge)

Investigation Discovery:

ID Go: When some brides vowed to love and honor their husbands, they lied. These Deadly Women made a mockery of marital commitment. They only promised “To Have and To Kill”. -To Have and To Kill, Deadly Women (S8, E14)

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Related Links:
Spec Gary Thomas Prokop | Find A Grave
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Killeen woman accused of murdering husband pleads not guilty
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Killeen woman pleads guilty to murder, avoids death penalty
‘Prokop 5’ murder suspect pleads guilty to tampering with evidence
Four of five sentenced for Killeen murder-for-hire scheme
Victim’s parents get child custody
Forensics could be key to two-year mystery
She Had Her Gang Boyfriend Kill Her Husband In His Sleep | Deadly Women
Tyshee Prokop had her husband, Spec Gary Thomas Prokop, killed for his military benefits and insurance
Tyshee Manik Prokop | Texas Prison Inmates | The Texas Tribune
Parole Review Information for Tyshee Manik Prokop | Texas Department of Criminal Justice
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To Have and to Kill | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (S8, E14)
Tyshee Prokop Documentary – Female Killers | Deadly Women (S8, E14)
Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance is a Common Motive for Murder
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas (US Army)
Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside (February 13, 2017)

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