- Associated Press - Saturday, October 7, 2017

TIGARD, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of her estranged husband.

Mariah Lynn Molina, 23, was sentenced Friday for the death of Luis Aguilar-Estrada, 26, who was found in his Tigard apartment shot in the head in 2015, KPTV-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2z4BvZl ). Molina will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

Molina was in a dispute with the victim over the custody of their children, police said. The children had been taken away from Molina after allegations of neglect, and police said she made false allegations against Aguilar-Estrada.

Aguilar-Estrada planned to seek custody of the children and expose the allegations against him as false to state Department of Human Services, police said.

Molina enlisted her boyfriend, Brennan Chance Surface, 23, and another man to kill Aguilar-Estrada, police said.

After an investigation lasting months, police arrested the three in 2016, and they were indicted for the death of Aguilar-Estrada.

In May, Surface pleaded guilty to a murder charge and was sentenced to life in prison. He is eligible for parole after 25 years.

The third man’s trial is scheduled for later this month.

The family of Aguilar-Estrada is attempting to acquire custody of the children who are in foster care.

“We’re just happy with the verdict, but the family is really hurt,” said Mike Keymolen, a brother-in-law of Aguilar-Estrada. “They lost a son, a brother, my friend. My kids lost their uncle. They’re really hurt. But we just have to continue on and see what life has for us.”

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Information from: KPTV-TV, https://www.kptv.com/

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