Woman sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in Pa. slaying

January 10, 2014 7:04:24 AM PST
A woman accused by prosecutors of having solicited the murder of her husband in southeastern Pennsylvania almost four years ago has been sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in prison.

The (Norristown) Times-Herald reports that 31-year-old Delia Hernandez-Cortes cried Thursday in Montgomery County Court as the sentence was read.

She pleaded guilty in May to 3rd-degree murder in the April 2010 slaying of Jose Armando Cazares-Olarte, who prosecutors said was abducted from his Collingdale home, driven to Upper Merion and beaten with a rock.

Hernandez-Cortes told the court that she had been physically and sexually abused. Her attorney said he had hoped for a lesser sentence.

Judge Joseph Smyth said that without the case's other circumstances she could have been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

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