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Leisa Hurst

Barstow woman's murder profiled on TV show

Hurst was killed in '09 by boyfriend Chiapulis

BARSTOW • The murder of local woman Leisa Hurst in early 2009 and subsequent conviction of boyfriend Jeami Chiapulis is the subject of a "Desperate Measures" episode shown on cable channel Investigation Discovery this week.

“Blood in Barstow” documents the events which surrounded the single mother of two’s murder and her relationship with Chiapulis. According to the episode’s synopsis, the “self-professed war hero (Chiapulis) has a secret life — one that someone will take murderous steps to hide.”

The episode features footage of the Barstow area and commentary from local people close to the case — including Barstow Police Sgt. Andy Espinoza and Det. Keith Libby, Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty and former Desert Dispatch Staff Writer Katie Lucia.

Chiapulis was convicted in November 2009 and sentenced to 15 years to life in connection with Hurst’s murder. He was sentenced last year to an additional 16 years in prison — a term to be carried out following the duration of the 15-years-to-life sentence — for seeking to have Hurst’s daughters murdered.

Joyce Fransson, another girlfriend of Chiapulis’, was sentenced to three years in prison after entering into a plea bargain for having helped Chiapulis cover up the murder, according to previous reports.

The Hurst case had also been profiled on “48 Hours Mystery” in 2011.

Time Warner subscribers can find Investigation Discovery on channel 112 (standard definition) or 777 (high-definition). For DirecTV subscribers, Investigation Discovery is channel 285.

Visit http://investigation.discovery.com/tv-shows/desperate-measures for more about the program.

Check local listings for times and dates when the full one-hour episode will air.

Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.


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