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Wife sentenced to 115 years in prison in husband's murder

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - A Valparaiso woman accused of hiring a man to kill her husband was sentenced to 115 years in prison after acknowledging her guilt in the plot.
      Kimberly Baldwin, 39, was sentenced Friday for her role in the slaying of her husband, Frank Parker, 40. He was shot to death in his home Feb. 16, 2002, shortly after he dropped off his two young children to visit with Baldwin.
      Baldwin, who was convicted Dec. 17 of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aiding in Parker's murder, allegedly agreed to pay Findley Paul Thompson, of Portage, $10,000 and gave him a shotgun to shoot her husband.
      During Friday's hearing, she acknowledged her guilt.
      "Paul Thompson killed Frank as a result of what I said. I ask God every day to help us. I don't know what else to do," she said.
      Thompson, who pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit murder, testified against Baldwin in exchange for prosecutors' agreement not to seek the death penalty. He was sentenced Friday to 85 years in prison.
      With credit for good behavior and time already served, Baldwin likely will spend about 56 years in prison. Thompson likely faces 42 years in prison.
      Baldwin said she planned to appeal.
      Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com
      (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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