MUSKEGON, Mich.- It was footage that got international attention: a woman caught on camera trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband so she could cash in on his life insurance policy.
The victim, Jake Merfeld, spoke for the first time at his wife’s sentencing and in a twist asked for a lighter sentence.
“I whole-hardheartedly forgive my wife for all she has done in this act of hatred,” Jake said. “I know that my wife is a wonderful person.”
In the video with the undercover officer Merfeld explains why she wants her husband dead.
“When I first decided to do this, it`s not that we were`t getting along but I was just, as terrible as it sounds, It was easier to do than divorcing him,” she says, “I didn’t have to worry about the judgment of my family. I didn’t have to worry about breaking his heart.”
Jake pleaded with the judge saying the two children need their mother.
“She is a Godly woman even so much more so now than she ever has been,” he said before the judge.
During one of two undercover meetings, Julia lays out the house, showing the man she thinks is a hit man exactly where to find her husband. She does offer an alternative to killing him inside the house by bringing him outside to do chores.
“I can always have him clean out my car, my vans a mess,” Julia said laughing.
As Jake asked the court to have mercy on his wife, Julia made a plea as well.
In the videos the undercover cop tells Julia how he plans to kill her husband.
“I`m going to put a couple rounds right in his noggin so there`s no accident,” he explained to her. “No way he’s going to live, he`s going to die.”
Julia Merfeld was sentenced to a minimum of five years eight months and a maximum of 20 years in prison.