TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Despite pleas from her husband, her daughter and her former pastor, a Gig Harbor woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison for hiring a hit man to kill her son-in-law.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1nWEDc8) 51-year-old Jacqueline Ray's family pleaded with Pierce County Judge Stanley Rumbaugh for mercy at Friday's hearing. But Rumbaugh was not in a merciful mood and gave Ray a sentence 13 years higher than her lawyers asked.
Ray had pleaded guilty last month to the second-degree murder of Leon Baucham Jr.
Prosecutors contended Ray paid Luis Barker $12,000 to kill Baucham. In July, 2012, Barker shot Bauchman at Ray's house and then dumped the body nearby.
Ray told detectives she was trying to protect her daughter from Baucham, whom she said was physically abusive.