(CMC) – A New York Supreme Court judge has sentenced a Caribbean American former nurse and a hitman she hired to kill her Jamaican-born husband to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Justice Neil Firetog imposed the stiff sentence on Alisha Noel-Murray and Kirk Portious, both 29, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, following their convictions earlier this month to first-degree murder after a jury trial.
Prosecutors said that Noel-Murray, the daughter of a Guyanese-born registered nurse and a Grenadian-born construction worker hired Portious to kill her husband, Omar Murray, 37, after two previous failed assassination attempts on his life.
Noel-Murray, who was fired as a registered nurse by the Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNS), when she was first jailed in connection with the plot, tried to cash out life insurance policies under her husband’s name days after he was killed, prosecutors said.
“With their premeditated and callous actions, these two defendants forfeited their right to remain part of our society,” said Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Puerto Rican-born Eric Gonzalez immediately after Justice Firetog imposed the sentence.
“They planned and carried out the heinous and cruel execution of an innocent man for nothing more than pure greed.”
According to trial testimony, on February 24, 2013, Omar Murray was shot three times and died inside his home.