Richter gets life in prison for NW Iowa killing

December 5, 2011 - 12:10 PM

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has sentenced a woman to life in prison for killing a neighbor as part of a plot to frame her ex-husband.

Tracey Richter claimed she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in her Early home in 2001 after he and another man broke in and strangled her with pantyhose. She appeared on national television soon after the shooting, telling how she killed Wehde to protect herself and her three children.

Jurors sided with prosecutors, who say Richter made up the story as part of a convoluted plot to frame her ex-husband. They say Richter then shot Wehde to keep him quiet.

Richter was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court after being convicted of first-degree murder Nov. 7.

Before her trial, Richter lived in Omaha, Neb.