Wife sentenced to life in prison for murder-for-hire plot of slain Cleveland firefighter husband

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The wife of a Cleveland firefighter has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted in the murder-for-hire death of her husband Lt. William Walker.

Uloma Walker-Curry was found guilty of aggravated murder charges, conspiracy, and other charges. She appeared in front of a Cleveland courtroom Tuesday morning for her sentencing.

Prosecutors say that Lt. William Walker, a 15-year-old veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, was shot to death outside of his home in November 2013. His wife, Walker-Curry, paid Chad Padgett, his cousin Chris Hein, Ryan Dorty, and a juvenile to murder her husband.

The individuals that Walker-Curry hired for the murder have already pleaded guilty to their charges.

Several of the victim's family and fellow firefighters spoke to the courtroom and to Walker-Curry directly, but she remained emotionless during the hearing. She did not respond to the victim's family members.

Walker-Curry's attorney said that they intend to appeal the life without parole sentencing. In the meantime, she is being held at the Marysville Reformatory facility.

After the judge read Walker-Curry's sentence, applause erupted in the courtroom from the victim's family members.

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