Woman wanted in Sjol's death turns self in

2013-07-11T01:15:00Z Woman wanted in Sjol's death turns self inBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

A woman wanted in the death of Jack Sjol has turned herself in to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.

Teresa Steen, 33, was wanted on a warrant for facilitation of murder. She turned herself in Tuesday night, Detective Amanda McNamee said.

Teresa Steen made her initial appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. Northwest District Judge David Nelson set bond for her at $25,000 cash or surety.

Six people are facing charges in the death of Sjol, 58, who was reported missing from his rural Williston ranch home on April 24. His body was found on May 14 on property seven miles east of Williston. The medical examiner determined Sjol died of a gunshot wound.

Court documents indicate three men are accused of killing Sjol, two people are accused of allowing his body to be hidden at a garbage dump and a woman is accused of failing to give information to investigators. However, no information has been released about motive or how the people were connected to Sjol.

“We don’t understand why Jack would have any connection with these people,” his daughter-in-law, Christy Sjol, said Tuesday after court appearances of three defendants.

Ryan Lee Stensaker, 33, of Williston, was charged May 16 with Class AA felony murder in Sjol’s death. He is being held in the Williams County Correctional Center in lieu of $1 million bond. Stensaker is accused of shooting Sjol. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

Jeremy Scott Weyrauch, 31, and Ronald Keith Edwards Gibbons, 27, have been charged with Class AA felony conspiracy to commit murder. The complaints against Gibbons and Weyrauch allege they “agreed to commit the murder of Jack Sjol” along with Stensaker. Gibbons is incarcerated in Pierce County, Wash., and has not made a court appearance in the case.

On Tuesday, Northwest District Judge Josh Rustad set bond for Weyrauch at $1 million cash or surety. Weyrauch’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13.

Issac Steen, 31, and Teresa Steen, 33, have been charged with Class C felony facilitation of murder. Court documents allege the Steens “knowingly allowed the deceased body of Jack Sjol to remain in a garbage dump on the Steen family property.”

Rustad set Issac Steen’s bond at $25,000 cash or surety on Tuesday. Preliminary hearings for Issac Steen and Teresa Steen are scheduled for Aug. 13.

Amber Rae Jensen, 29, has been charged with

Class C felony hindering law enforcement. Jensen is alleged to have “received information from one or more sources relating to the murder of Jack Sjol and failed to provide Detective McNamee with said information during the course of one or more investigatory interviews with Detective McNamee.”

Rustad on Tuesday set bond for Jensen at $25,000 cash or surety. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6.

Family members are struggling to cope with the death of Sjol, a father of two and grandfather of five who Christy Sjol said worked from sunup to sundown.

“Everybody will tell you about his smile,” she said.

Jack Sjol was born in Minot and had lived in the Williston area for more than 30 years. He retired from his job with the city of Williston two years ago and lived on his hobby ranch. He underwent chemotherapy for colon cancer last summer but beat the disease and was in good health, Christy Sjol said.

“We thought we were going to lose him to cancer, not anything like this,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Jenny Michael at 701-250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.

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