MUSKEGON, Mich. (KTLA) — A woman who was caught on surveillance video trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband was sentenced to at least five years and eight months in prison Tuesday.
Julia Merfeld, 21, could serve a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Merfeld was videotaped by undercover officers negotiating terms and circumstances of the proposed murder of her husband. She had agreed to pay $50,000 for the murder, according to prosecutors.
In the video, the undercover officer said he would put a couple of rounds of ammunition into her husband’s head.
Investigators were tipped off by one of Merfeld’s co-workers, Carlos Ramos, who said Merfeld initially asked him to perform the murder.
“I know what I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for that,” Merfeld told the judge.
Her husband, Jake Merfeld, 27, asked for leniency for his wife at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.
“She is a Godly woman even so much more so now than she ever has been,” Jake Merfeld said.
“I whole-hardheartedly forgive my wife for all she has done in this act of hatred,” Jake added.
The couple have two children together.