S.C. Woman Gets Life in Prison For Hiring Hit man Who Killed Wrong Guy
A South Carolina woman was sentenced Friday to life in prison for hiring her teenage lover to kill her husband. But the 16-year-old shot to death the wrong man.
Instead of killing Dale Phillips, the teenager mistakenly murdered the man's brother, prosecutors said.
Karlita Phillips will spend the rest of her life behind bars, said Greenwood County Solicitor David Stumbo, WHNS-TVreported Friday.
Circuity Judge Frank Addy Jr. called the woman's actions "reprehensible."
Jamil Phillips, 31, was shot dead as he stood on his parent's porch in 2013 in Abbeville. The intended target, Dale Phillips, was living at the house.
The hit man was Tavirous Settles, whom Karlita had promised to pay $13,000 for bumping off her estranged husband. Settles, who is now 17, has already been convicted of killing a Guatemalan national in an unrelated assassination in Greenwood County in 2013.
He testified that he and Karlita were lovers, and that she drove him to Phillips family home, where he mistook Jamil for Dale.
Prosecutors said Karlita was motivated by hatred and greed.She was convicted of solicitation of a minor to commit a felony and accessory to murder.
Karlita hoped to cash in her husband's $500,000 insurance policy, plus another $25,000 life insurance policy she purchased several months after they separated.