Woman Who Had Husband Killed Gets 22 Years

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Remember back in 2005 when Ronald Whitehead, 61, was fatally shot near Des Moines Memorial Way while driving to work?

The killing looked like a carjacking, and Whitehead’s wife then appealed for the murderer to turn themselves in?

Turned out that the victim’s wife, Velma Ogden-Whitehead, 50, was actually the mastermind behind her husband’s slaying, hiring a friend of her son’s to hide in her husband’s trunk.

This morning, Ogden-Whitehead sobbed in court as she begged for forgiveness, but her cries were summarily rejected by a judge who called her “self defense” argument a lie.

Ogden-Whitehead attempted to justify the killing as her reaction to sexual and physical abuse from her husband of ten years. Not surprisingly, Judge Steven Gonzalez didn’t fall for this defense, telling her:

“You are the perpetrator, not the victim you claim to be. Your claims of abuse and suffering are hollow.”

The judge later sentenced her to 22 years in prison.

Full story from The Seattle Times is here.

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