Hired gunman who wounded Texas woman gets 60 years in prison

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DENTON, TX -- A convicted gunman has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for shooting a North Texas woman in the face after being hired by her husband to kill her.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports 39-year-old Michael Lorence was sentenced Friday.

Jurors in Denton on Thursday convicted Lorence of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2012 wounding of Nancy Howard. She was shot while at her Carrollton home and lost her left eye.

Her then-husband, John Franklin Howard, was convicted of attempted capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors say the victim's spouse wanted her dead so that he could be with his mistress.

Nancy Howard divorced her husband after the shooting.