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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - More than a month after Julia Merfeld apologized in a Muskegon courtroom, her parents told Inside Edition she was "stupid" for plotting to have her husband murdered.
On July 30, Merfeld's parents sat behind her, next to her husband, the intended victim. At the time, they chose not to address the judge or media. Now, they say they support their daughter, though they are disappointed.
"I think it was a combination of, 'Boy, if I could get all this money and be free at the same time, wow, there's two things,'" her father Joe Antonaccio told Inside Edition.
Merfeld tried in April to hire a hit man to kill her husband -- the father of her two children -- to cash in on his $400,000 life insurance policy. She told the hit man it would be "easier than divorcing him" and that she wouldn't have to worry about "the judgment of my family" or "breaking his heart."
She readily agreed when the hit man told her he would shoot her husband in the face. Laughing, she asked the hit man to try to get her husband out of the house because the murder would be "messy" inside.
"She weighed the good and the bad in her own mind without thinking about, 'What, was I being criminally stupid and thinking of these things,'" her father said.
What Merfeld didn't know as she nonchalantly planned her husband's murder was the "hit man" was actually an undercover detective and she was being recorded.
==Watch above: Merfeld arranges her husband's murder.==
She was arrested, charged, eventually pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder and was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
"My tears are not for your pity, your honor. My tears are for remorse," she said at the sentencing proceedings. "Fortunately, the two people who matter most have already forgiven me -- my husband, who actually sits behind me right now and has already forgiven me, and the second is God."
"I love her deeply, but my disappointment in her runs deeper than the ocean," her mother Christina Antonaccio told Inside Edition. "She wants to make amends from this point on, then my anger just turns to pity."
Merfeld's parents were amazed at the mercy shown by her husband.
"It was his decision to make, and if he decided he was going to leave, we would have supported that decision, too," Joe Antonaccio said.
Merfeld is currently being held at the Huron Valley Complex in Washtenaw County, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.
Gary Ogreen III has been identified as the man who was shot and killed during a party at his own home Saturday morning.
Muskegon County deputies and emergency officials are investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured three others.
This weekend a multi-faceted storm brings us the chance of freezing rain, rain, sleet and snow.