Woman gets life for killing husband with hammer

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer will spend the rest of her life in prison.

The judge who imposed the life sentence Friday against Marissa Devault (dehv-WAH') in the 2009 killing denied her request to have the chance at parole after serving 25 years.

A jury that convicted Devault had spared her the death penalty in late April and instead handed down a life sentence.

It was up to a judge to formally impose the sentence and decide whether Devault would have a chance at parole.

Prosecutors say Devault killed Dale Harrell in a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

Devault says she carried out the killing in self-defense against an abusive husband.


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