Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

July 31, 2013

5 to 20 for trying to have husband killed

MUSKEGON — A West Michigan judge sentenced a 21-year-old woman to prison after she was videotaped trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband for his $400,000 life insurance policy.

Julia Charlene Merfeld was ordered Tuesday by Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge William Marietti to spend 5 years and 8 months to 20 years in prison.

On a hidden camera video made in April by investigators, Merfeld is heard telling a Michigan State Police detective posing as a hit man that killing 27-year-old Jacob Merfeld would be “easier than divorcing him.”

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