Jared Bridegan Death, Obituary – According to court records, Tenon also promises to testify truthfully against any co-defendants. He risks at least 15 years in prison. News4JAX acquired the plea agreement signed by Henry Tenon on Thursday, in which he pled guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jared Bridegan, on Monday. The sentencing court will take Tenon’s life expectancy and “early and continuous aid in the prosecution of co-defendants” into account. Bridegan’s relatives will decide Tenon’s sentence.
Bridegan, 33, was shot many times at close range while his young daughter was strapped into her child seat in the back of his SUV. According to investigators, bullets fired at Bridegan landed inside the car, inches from his daughter’s car seat. Authorities say the St. Johns County father of four had just left his ex-home wife’s in Jacksonville Beach when he pulled over to move a tire off the road. They claim that a tire was purposefully placed there.
According to News4JAX, Tenon’s arrest warrant is still active. Tenon, 61, was taken into custody earlier this month. State Attorney Melissa Nelson claimed during a press conference on Thursday that when Tenon pled guilty, he agreed to testify against a second person who authorities suspect was involved in the murder plot: Mario Fernandez Saldana.
“We know Henry Tenon did not act alone,” Tenon admitted. “His help has both corroborated and provided further evidence against Mario Fernandez Saldana for his role in the planning and execution of Jared’s murder,” Nelson said last week at a news conference. Fernandez, 34, is the spouse of Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, Bridegan’s ex-wife. On Thursday morning, he was apprehended near Kissimmee and was being held in the Orange County jail. On Friday, he appeared in Orange County court and was transferred to Duval County to face accusations of first-degree murder with a weapon, conspiracy to do first-degree murder, solicitation to commit a capital felony, and child abuse.