NRI woman gets life term for killing husband
An Indian American woman who was convicted of hiring her lover to kill her wealthy doctor husband has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
An Ohio court on Wednesday rejected the death penalty for Donna Moonda, but unanimously sentenced her to life imprisonment in a federal prison without the possibility of release.
Donna, 47, had conspired with her boyfriend Damian Bradford, 25, who shot dead Gulam Moonda, a Pennsylvania-based Indian American urologist two years ago. The plot was hatched in such a way that it looked like a highway robbery.
Doona had promised Bradford half of her husband's multimillion-dollar wealth if he executed the murder.
Last week, Bradford was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison by the court.
Judge Matthew J Hayes said the fact that the triggerman received a relatively light sentence made it impossible for him to consider the death penalty for Donna, the online edition of the Post Gazette reported.
Donna was earlier convicted of a murder-for-hire charge in the 2005 murder that took place in a highway south of Cleveland.
Bradford had testified during the trial that he followed the couple from their home and shot the doctor in the side of the head.
Ravi Sachdeva, a colleague and close friend of Moonda, said he believed justice has been done.
"We're satisfied. Life in prison without parole is a serious sentence," Sachdeva said as he left court.
He said he felt sympathy for Donna's 77-year-old mother and her three sisters, but not for the killer who took away his friend's life.