Fourth person pleads guilty for role in Iron Range murder

Murder of Harley Jacka in April 2014

Anthony James Isham pleaded guilty, today, November 28, to intentional second degree murder for his role in the death of a Virginia man who was killed at the request of the victim’s girlfriend, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin.

Isham, 44, of Nett Lake, admitted to taking part in the April 27, 2014 stabbing death of Harley Joseph Jacka, 28, whose body was found in a Virginia apartment.

Isham faces a guideline 30-year, three-month prison sentence, his sentencing is set for December 19.

An autopsy revealed that the victim had been stabbed approximately 15 times with wounds to the head, face, neck, and chest. Four knives were found at the murder scene.

Isham is the fourth and final person involved to plead guilty. Janessa Lynn Peters, 21, of Eveleth pleaded guilty in November to the second degree murder of her boyfriend. She admitted that she told another co-defendant, Bartholamy Jake Drift, 41, of Virginia, that she wanted him to kill Jacka, and said she no longer wanted to be in a relationship with the victim.

Drift pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder. Both Peters and Drift are currently awaiting sentencing.

John Edward Isham, 40, a cousin of Anthony Isham, earlier pleaded guilty to aiding an offender and obstructing an investigation; he received 78 months in prison.

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