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Julia Merfeld, wife in Muskegon's fake hit man case caught on video, being sentenced today
Mlive ^ | 7-30-2013 | John Hausman

Posted on 07/30/2013 9:05:00 AM PDT by Darren McCarty

MUSKEGON, MI – Today is judgment day for 21-year-old Julia Charlene Merfeld, who thought she was hiring a hit man to murder her husband but really was being video-recorded with an undercover police officer.

Merfeld’s sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. today, July 30. Chief Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti earlier committed to cap her minimum sentence at six years in state prison, but he has the discretion to set her maximum sentence at anything up to life.

Merfeld pleaded guilty June 27 to solicitation to murder.

MLive and the Muskegon Chronicle will cover the sentencing live online from the courtrooms, with updates in the comments section of a story to be posted on MLive.com/muskegon/.

Under state sentencing guidelines – which are low in Merfeld’s case because she has no prior criminal record – the highest Marietti can go on the minimum sentence would be seven years. That’s what the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office asked for.

At the time of Merfeld’s plea, the judge said he was agreeing to a cap slightly below that because the intended victim, Merfeld’s 27-year-old husband, asked that she receive no incarceration.

Husband Jacob Merfeld has the right to speak before sentencing, but it was unknown Monday if he intended to do so.

In Michigan, sentences to state prison are for an “indeterminate” term, with judges setting both a minimum and a maximum. The maximum must be at least 50 percent higher than the minimum. The state parole board eventually decides how long an inmate serves, within the limits set by the judge.

Following her arrest, authorities said, Merfeld confessed to police detectives that she wanted her husband murdered so she could collect a $400,000 life insurance policy.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: caughtontape; hitman
Video at the link.
1 posted on 07/30/2013 9:05:00 AM PDT by Darren McCarty
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Whatta maroon.

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2 posted on 07/30/2013 9:06:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Darren McCarty

Is she also the woman who wanted her husband whacked so she could take up with her girlfriend?


3 posted on 07/30/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: Darren McCarty

She’s a sociopath. She should probably get life.


4 posted on 07/30/2013 9:12:21 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Darren McCarty

And her husband wants no jail time for her? Idiots are born every day! ;-)


5 posted on 07/30/2013 9:18:45 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

watch the video......


6 posted on 07/30/2013 9:20:52 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

I like how she wants to finance the hit!


7 posted on 07/30/2013 9:21:14 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

I like how she checks here calendar, as well.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 9:23:14 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

She doesn’t want him to suffer!! How compassionate. Probably a Democrat!!


9 posted on 07/30/2013 9:23:50 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: cripplecreek
She asked an ex-con (weapons charge) to do it first. He called the cops.

Ramos believes Merfeld choose him because he has always been honest with people about spending time behind bars for a weapons charge -- what he calls doing “things that I shouldn’t have done.”

10 posted on 07/30/2013 9:26:48 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: ConservativeDude

“watch the video......”

Yes, I did watch the video. I repeat, “There are idiots born every day.”


11 posted on 07/30/2013 9:27:22 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Darren McCarty
"Hope you ain't the Po-Po!"
12 posted on 07/30/2013 9:31:39 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
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To: Darren McCarty

that was disgusting...


13 posted on 07/30/2013 9:36:12 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Darren McCarty

Not all felons are dangerous. Lord knows what a “weapons charge” means at this point.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 9:41:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
There's a big jump from "weapons charge" (which can be a CPL violation or no 'safety inspection') to murder.
15 posted on 07/30/2013 9:47:07 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Darren McCarty

A couple years ago there was a guy in Detroit who chased a man down and killed him and in my opinion the judge gave him great leniency by sentencing him to a year and a half in prison for manslaughter. The federal charges are where he picked up some 16 years.

The judge was lenient because the “Perp’s” house had been broken into 3 times in a week while he was at work. He came home from work and caught them in the act. He chased the slowest one down and cornered him in an alley and the idiot burglar laughed in his face. The judge saw it as heat of the moment thing caused by the extreme stress of his threatened livelihood.


16 posted on 07/30/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Darren McCarty
When "wet work" is called for, it's best to do it yourself.

However, you may want to read my novel, THE JUSTICE COOPERATIVE, about an organization that "trades off" wet work so you have an alibi while someone else takes care of your problem, and vice versa.

17 posted on 07/30/2013 10:08:24 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Real life “I Love You To Death”


18 posted on 07/30/2013 10:37:14 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: JoeFromSidney

Kind of like Strangers on a train.


19 posted on 07/30/2013 10:46:50 AM PDT by Riverine
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

ha


20 posted on 07/30/2013 11:10:59 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Riverine
Ironically, I hadn't read "Strangers on a train" until after my book was published, and my brother in law called my attention to it. Good ideas seem to occur to many people.
21 posted on 07/30/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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