One of three men involved in what authorities called a “murder-for-profit” plot faces a possible life sentence for his role in the death of a 26-year-old Mesa man found shot and killed in a south Scottsdale parking lot last year.
Thomas Orville Bastian, 31, was found guilty last week of first-degree murder by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury in the death of Travis Hartline-Seffern, 26. Bastian will be sentenced Nov. 21.
Hartline-Seffern’s body was discovered in a parking lot near Scottsdale and Thomas roads early April 13, 2007, after Bastian, Jose Quintero-Figueroa and John Scott Hartline-Seffern conspired to kill him, according to court records.
Hartline-Seffern had adopted the last name of John Scott Hartline-Seffern when they were in prison together, and the three men involved in his death conspired to cash in on the man’s $500,000 life insurance policy, according to court records.
Bastian drove Quintero-Figueroa to the parking lot to meet Travis Hartline-Seffern, and Quintero-Figueroa shot him with a 9 mm pistol 15 times, according to police.
One day after the killing, John Scott Hartline-Seffern committed suicide as police executed a search warrant at his Mesa home.
A trial date is pending for Quintero-Figueroa, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who was also charged with first-degree murder.