The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks.
“I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
The prosecution contended Henderson Deleon used her children to gain the trust of the couple, so her then-husband Skylar Deleon and a friend could allegedly strong arm the couple to sign over the deed to their yacht before lashing them to the anchor of the vessel and casting them into the ocean somewhere off Newport Beach in November 2004. Hawks’ brief and to-the-point statement to the court was purposely unemotional, he said after the hearing.