ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — The wife of a U.S. Army sergeant from Michigan who was convicted of plotting to kill her husband has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Twenty-two-year-old Kemia Hassel learned her punishment Thursday. A Berrien County jury found her guilty of murder last month in the death of Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III. The 23-year-old was fatally shot in an ambush on New Year's Eve while visiting family in St. Joseph Township.
Kemia Hassel chose not to speak at the sentencing hearing.
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Prosecutors argued at trial that she planned her husband's death so she could continue a romantic relationship with 24-year-old Jeremy Cuellar. All three were soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
Cuellar has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces a minimum sentence of 65 years in prison.