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Guilty Verdict in Quads’ Mom Case

July 6, 2000

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ A federal jury found a millionaire guilty Thursday of arranging the shooting and stabbing of his ex-wife, the mother of six children including a set of quadruplets.

The verdict came hours after a man pleaded guilty in Florida to fatally shooting and stabbing Sheila Bellush in Sarasota, Fla., as her 2-year-old quadruplets played nearby.

Bellush’s ex-husband, Allen Blackthorne, 45, faces a mandatory life sentence. He was convicted of interstate conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, and a charge of interstate domestic violence.

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