MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - A Muskegon County woman has pleaded guilty to trying have her husband murdered.
Julia Merfeld, 21, was charged in April with solicitation of murder and pleaded guilty Thursday. Prosecutors say she tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband to get his life insurance.
Merfeld was arrested after a co-worker told police she had first asked him to kill her husband. At first, he said, he thought she was kidding. When he learned she wasn't joking, he called authorities.
The Muskegon County Sheriff's Office, the Muskegon Police Department and the Michigan State Police then set up a sting. Merfeld met with an undercover officer posing as a hitman and tried to hire him to kill her husband.
The Muskegon Chronicle is reporting that Merfeld's husband asked the judge not to send his wife to jail at all.
Muskegon County prosecutors asked that the judge enforce the highest possible minimum sentence of seven years, the Chronicle reported.
But Chief Muskegon County Circuit Judge William Marietti said he would set the minimum at six years because Merfeld's husband asked that she not go to prison, according to the Chronicle. He may sentence her to a maximum of life in prison. Sentencing is set for July 30.
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