Sandee Jones says she owes a former Marine Joey Sees who was hired to kill her “a debt of gratitude” after he exposed the murder-for-hire scheme last year
“It’s nice to finally meet you,” Joey Sees told SanDee Jones as the two hug and Jones begins to cry.
“I’m sorry we had to meet this way,” he whispers to her.
Consumed and overwhelmed meeting her would-be killer, the only words Jones can get out while crying are, “Thank you, thank you,” over and over again.
Sees, a former Marine, responds politely, “You’re welcome, ma’am,” as he continues to hold her in his arms.
The Texas woman says she owes the former Marine who was hired to kill her “a debt of gratitude” after he exposed the murder-for-hire scheme.
He ex-boyfriend Keith James Cote, who was in a wheelchair, reportedly offered Joey Sees $10,000 to take assassinate SanDee Jones because she was dating a black man.
Cote offered another $15,000 to “watch him put a bullet in her head,” according to KXAN.
“He’s a hero, not only for our country, but for me,” Jones told the station. “What Joey did is about nothing except love. That’s the greatest and he didn’t even know me. Not everyone would do what Joey did.”
SanDee Jones hugs Joey Sees, the Marine hired to kill her who instead worked with law enforcement to capture the man who hired him
Cote was caught planning the murder on video.
Keith James Cote, 62, was arrested early Monday morning after officials executed a search warrant and arrest warrant for the suspect. He was arrested in October of 2017, and charged with soliciting to commit capital murder, held on $1 million bond. After spending nearly a year behind bars. He killed himself about a week after posting bond in September, according to the station.
The case is now closed, but Jones says she will always remember what Sees did for her. The pair met for the first time recently and embraced.
“I’m sorry we had to meet this way,” Sees whispered to her, according to KXAN.
It all started when Keith Cote [left], invited Sees’ family to his Austin home for a barbecue.
Sees told detectives that Cote approached him Oct. 7, 2017 as he was tailgating before the University of Texas football game. He said Cote was an acquaintance. Cote allegedly invited the Marine to watch the Philadelphia Eagles football game the next day.
While at Cote’s home, he spoke to the Marine and said he needed a “dirty deed, done dirt cheap,” according to the arrest affidavit. He asked if the Marine could get a silencer and 9mm pistol.
According to the affidavit, Cote put $10,000 on the table, and told Sees he wanted his help because “he knew ‘he had killed people before and that this would be right up his alley.'”
The ‘hitman’ asked Cote why he wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend, and Cote allegedly replied: “because she’s dating a black guy.”
Cote told him he knew Sees “had killed people before and that this would be right up his alley,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by KXAN.
“When we’re in a warzone, we’re just trying to get home and we’re just protecting each other. I guess he thought every Marine is a hitman,” Sees said, according to the station. “We’re not killers. We just do our job, but our job isn’t to come home and murder someone because she’s dating a black guy.”
Sees said that Cote put the money “on the table.”
“I thought he was kidding at first, until he kept initiating the conversation,” Sees said, according to KXAN.