Woman Sentenced to 30 Years
Jan. 23, 2001
CHICAGO (AP) _ A woman was ordered to serve 30 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to drown her millionaire ex-husband.
Former model April Goodman wanted to remarry Albert Goodman and have him killed after he transferred money to her, prosecutors said.
She was convicted in October in the case. Albert Goodman, who bankrolled Chicago's prestigious Goodman Theater with a family fortune made in the lumber industry, was in the courtroom for Monday's sentencing.
The Goodmans met through a dating service in 1995, but divorced two years later.
Jurors heard a tape in which April Goodman told an undercover detective posing as a hit man that she wanted Albert Goodman to ``drown on his honeymoon. ... I don't want him to live or breathe.''
April Goodman paid the detective $1,000 and planned to give him $5,000 for the killing, prosecutors said.
Defense attorneys said their client was mentally ill and her former husband had swindled her out of proceeds from a real estate deal.
They also said Goodman's boyfriend, who told police of her plot, had actually wanted Albert Goodman killed and that she went along out of fear.