Judge sentences murder-for-hire wife

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Brownville woman accused of hiring a hit man to have her husband killed, pleaded guilty in Piscataquis County Courthouse Monday. The judge agreed to sentence Farley to 120 days behind bars. The remainder of the ten-year sentence is suspended. She was also given probation for 2 years.

A mother of 13 kids, Wendy Farley entered an Alford guilty plea - meaning she isn't admitting to hiring someone to kill her husband. Instead, Farley admits the prosecution could likely prove she is guilty.

In the original trial, the victim - her husband - testified that he loved his wife and she was the mother of his kids. He basically testified on her behalf, while the state had an audiotape where Farley talked to a hit-man about murdering her husband. In the recording, the prosecutors said Farley talked about why she wanted him killed, how she wanted it to be carried out, and the motivation behind wanting him dead.

The trial became a hung jury and she waived her rights to have another trial and decided to enter a guilty plea on Monday, July 14. Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy said Farley received a reasonable sentence from the judge.

"The victim himself, her husband, did not want her to be punished. Actually, he was pressing our office to not even have her prosecuted. What his reasoning for that is, I don't know, but that certainly has an effect on what the appropriate sentence should be," said Almy.


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