Woman gets prison for role in murder plot

October 16, 2009 12:04:00 PM PDT
A 53-year-old South Texas woman who helped convict her husband in a murder-for-hire plot against a federal judge has received a nine-year prison term for her role in the plot. Federal prosecutors say Aracely Lopez-Gonzalez of Roma will be ineligible for parole and must spend three years under supervised release after completing her sentence.

She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and agreed to assist the prosecution of husband Joel Lopez under terms of a plea agreement. The 51-year-old Lopez faces a life sentence when he's sentenced next Friday. He's already serving a life sentence for a 2006 drug conviction.

Joel Lopez was accused of offering a fellow inmate $2 million in June 2007 to kill U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in McAllen and $1 million to kidnap and ransom a woman who allegedly owed him a drug debt. The inmate tipped authorities.

      QUICK HEADLINES | MORE LOCAL | GET NEWS ALERTS
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ABC13 SOCIAL NETWORKING
Find us on Facebook® | Follow us on Twitter | More social networking
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MORE FROM ABC13
ABC13 widget | Most popular stories | Street-level weather
ABC13 wireless | Slideshow archive | Help solve crimes
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Load Comments