COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A woman charged with hiring three men to kill her husband avoided the death penalty when she pleaded guilty in a St. Tammany Parish courtroom to first-degree murder.

The Times-Picayune reports ( 45-year-old Gina Scramuzza was sentenced by Judge August Hand Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole or suspended sentence for her role in Mario Scramuzza's 2009 slaying.

Sheriff's detectives arrested Gina Scramuzza in February 2009, days after her husband's body was discovered beaten and strangled inside the laundry room of their Covington-area home.