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Woman gets 20 years in prison for killing mom for money

August 24, 2018

ONTARIO, N.Y. (AP) — A 23-year-old western New York woman has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for hiring a hit man to kill her mother for $30,000 in life insurance money.

Jasmine Harlee of Sodus admitted planning the murder of her mother, 52-year-old Julie Martin. She was sentenced Thursday in Wayne County Court.

Prosecutors say Martin was smothered with a pillow in her home in the Wayne County town of Ontario in February 2017.

Authorities say Harlee and her boyfriend Knowledge Couser recruited Couser’s 19-year-old brother Davontae Devine and another man to kill Martin.

Couser and Devine have pleaded guilty to murder, and 19-year-old Malquan Drayton has pleaded guilty to robbery charges in connection to the crime.

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