A woman who was found guilty of the murder of her husband was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by a judge last week. The crime took place in January of 2009. In an apparent attempt to cash in on her husband’s life insurance policy, the woman brutally killed her husband by beating him in the head with a hammer.
The jury who convicted the woman, agreed to spare her life by voting against the death penalty in April of this year. They instead, handed down a life sentence, which was imposed by a judge, who also denied her any possibility of parole.
After hearing statements from both the woman’s daughters and family members of the victim, the judge commented that he didn’t see any reason why parole should be an option for the woman. The woman’s daughter’s argued that their mother should be able to be released after serving 25 years of her life sentence. Statements made by the victim’s family members included sorrow for the loss of their brother and son, and referenced important highlights of his daughters’ lives that he will miss because of the actions of his wife.
In the end, the judge imposed the harsher sentence of life in prison without parole.
An individual can be charged with murder for an intentional killing, manslaughter due to conduct viewed as reckless, or for a negligent act that results in the death of another. Being charged with murder of any type causes an individual to be faced with the possibility of life in prison or ultimately the death penalty. With these risks being possible it is extremely important to have an experienced attorney on your side that will fight to protect your rights.
In Arizona, when facing first-degree murder charges, you will also be facing the death penalty as a possible sentence. A jury will decide on and hand down the sentence. Having an experienced attorney such as Charlie Naegle on your side can help build the right case in the eyes of the jury.
If you find yourself facing any type of murder or manslaughter related charges, call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today to schedule your free consultation. Do not attempt to face the courts on your own. Charlie is ready to put his expertise to work for you.