Fla. Hitman Sentenced to Life in Prison

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The killer in a Tampa Bay area murder-for-hire plot has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Tampa federal judge sentenced 25-year-old Luis Angel Lopez on Wednesday. He was convicted of murder in August.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Christie Fay Bottorff and her husband, 42-year-old Jerry Bottorff, hired Lopez to kill the woman's former husband, 37-year-old Thomas Lee Sehorne, in June 2007. The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/WOSqUi ) reports that Christie Fay Bottorff received $1 million in life insurance proceeds after the fatal shooting. She later married Jerry Bottorff.

The Bottorffs said a friend, Michael Garcia, arranged the hit with Lopez. Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

The Bottorffs pleaded guilty in July and were sentenced to life in prison.


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