Platte Co. woman convicted in ex-husband's 2007 murder

Marc LaVoie
February 07, 2020 - 3:04 pm
Mugshot of Letti Strait, convicted in Platte County, Missouri of first degree murder.

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A Platte County jury convicted a woman Thursday for killing her ex-husband 12 years ago. 

Letti Strait, 59, was accused of shooting Charles Cammisano, with whom she had four children. Before the murder, Strait had improperly claimed she had custody of the kids so she could collect food stamps, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a release. In July 2007, Cammisano applied for benefits but was denied because Strait had been collecting food stamps for the children for two years, the release said.

Letti Strait's husband, Terry Strait, testified on behalf of the prosecution, along with Strait's children. Terry Strait had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree. He has not yet been sentenced. 

In 2011, Strait was convicted of attempted tax evasion and filing a false tax return in connection with her food stamp fraud.  She was sentenced to three years in prison for those crimes.

Strait was indicted by a Platte County grand jury on December 12, 2014.  She has remained in custody in the Platte County Detention Center awaiting trial since that date, through numerous trial delays obtained by her defense attorneys, the release said.

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