Wife found guilty in firefighter's murder-for-hire plot sentenced to life without parole

Posted at 5:08 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 17:08:06-04

The wife of a Cleveland firefighter accused of killing her husband has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Uloma Curry-Walker was found guilty by a jury last month after a ten-day trial. She is guilty of aggravated murder, conspiracy, murder and felonious assault after she hired two people to kill her husband, Fire Lieutenant William Walker.

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Lt. Walker was murdered in the driveway of his home on Lampson Drive on November 3, 2013.

Curry-Walker enlisted help from her 17-year-old daughter and her daughter's boyfriend, 20-year-old Chad Padgett. Curry-Walker instructed the pair to hire a hitman to shoot her husband.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley says Curry-Walker was after her husband's life insurance policy.

Curry-Walker's daughter and Padgett enlisted Padgett's cousin, Christopher Hein, 20, and associate Ryan Dorty, 24, to carry out the murder.

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According to officials, Curry-Walker set her husband up and asked him to go pick up food. While he was gone, she coordinated the ambush via text message.

Prosecutors say they were able to prove Lt. Walker was close to figuring out Curry-Walker acquired massive debt and faked Stage 4 breast cancer.

In 2016, Padgett pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter with conspiracy and was sentenced to 28 years in prison. Dorty pled guilty aggravated murder and was sentenced to 23 years to life. Curry-Walker's daughter was sentenced in juvenile court. Hein pled guilty to aggravated murder and conspiracy last month and was sentenced to 18 years.

Last month, Curry-Walker found guilty by a jury of aggravated murder, conspiracy, murder and felonious assault