A woman who tried to hire an undercover police officer to kill her husband was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.
Judge Kim J. Brown handed down the judgment in Franklin County Common Pleas Court for Tasha A. Woody, 39. She could have been sent to prison for 11 years.
“I think what she did was very cold and calculating,” Brown said. Then, directing her comments to the defendant and noting that Woody’s husband had life insurance and a 401-K, the judge told her: “It’s very clear you were doing it for the money.”
Attorney Elizabeth E. Wachsman had asked the judge for a suspended prison sentence, five years of community control and intensive drug rehabilitation. She blamed Woody’s actions on drug addiction.
“I apologize for my actions,” Woody said.
She pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit the murder of her husband, Michael W. Woody. They had been married since September 2011.
Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Gibson said at the plea hearing that police began investigating after an informant notified them in early January that Woody had offered him $2,000 to kill Mr. Woody. As part of the investigation, a detective posing as a hit man called Mrs. Woody.
The detective met her at their N. 5th Street house in the University District and she offered him $10,000 for the homicide. The officer secretly videotaped the meeting.
Assistant Prosecutor James L. Lowe said Mr. Woody did not attend the sentencing because he didn’t want to “be in the same room” with his wife.
“It’s a miracle he’s still alive,” Lowe said. “She ruined this man’s life.”
Wachsman told the judge that Mrs. Woody had a history of drug addiction fueled by illness and depression brought on by forced prostitution as a child.
The defendant “was significantly impaired due to her drug dependency, which affected her reasoning and world perception,’ Washman wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
By Kathy Lynn Gray - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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