- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for hiring a friend to kill his estranged wife.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cory Abshire pleaded guilty Thursday in Chesapeake Circuit Court to one count of first-degree murder in the death of Rachel Abshire.

Court documents show she was stabbed to death in January 2013 inside her Chesapeake apartment.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1oZuH6s) reports that under a plea agreement, Cory Abshire was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 15 years of that suspended.

Marcus Hofferber awaits sentencing for his guilty plea last year to first-degree murder, conspiracy and armed burglary.

Both Hofferber and Cory Abshire were Navy petty officers. Hofferber testified Cory Abshire offered him $25,000 in insurance money to carry out the crime.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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