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Woman Who Hired Fake Hitman to Kill Husband Sentenced

Young Michigan wife Julia Merfeld made headlines after police released two videos of her talking to an undercover cop posing as a hitman. In the recordings, filmed in the fake hitman’s car, Julia says that having her husband killed is “easier than divorcing him.

Watch: Wife Hires ‘Hitman’ to Kill Husband

Julia Charlene Merfeld, 20, of Muskegon, Michigan, thought she was talking to a hitman about killing her husband, Jake, 27, but was really talking to an undercover cop, who was recording the whole conversation, including her motive: Murder is easier than divorce.

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