A Florida woman has gotten life sentence for helping her husband’s best friend murdered her husband who she has been sleeping with, then claimed his $1.75 million life insurance.
Denise Williams, 49, was sentenced on Wednesday morning in Tallahassee for her role in the December 2000 murder of her husband Mike Williams.
She was convicted in December of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for her role in a case that recalled the plot of the Hollywood classic ‘Double Indemnity.’
Prosecutors argued that she plotted the killing of her husband in a scheme to get a $1.75 million life insurance payout.
Brian Winchester testified he had an affair with Denise Williams and shot her husband in December 2000.
Mike Williams, 31, was pushed from his boat, then shot point blank in the face by Winchester, his best friend, during a hunting trip on Lake Seminole 18 years ago.
However, It was speculated at the time that he drowned and his body was devoured by alligators.
Winchester eventually married Denise Williams but the relationship later soured. Winchester helped authorities find Mike Williams’ buried body in 2017.
Attorneys for Denise Williams maintained Winchester lied to get revenge.
At the sentencing, Mike Williams’ mom, Cheryl Williams, gave a poignant victim impact statement during the hearing, her voice frequently breaking with tears, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.