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Vegas mom gets life in prison for life insurance death of husband

March 04, 2016, Las Vegas, NV — A Las Vegas mother of four was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday, March 3, for plotting to have her husband killed in order to collect his life insurance.

Michelle Antwanette Paet, 34, — who is of Filipino descent, a source told the Asian Journal — pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon back in October, which took the death penalty option off the table. She had revealed that she and her then-boyfriend, Michael Rudolph Rodriguez, planned to murder her husband Nathan Paet, who was a US Air Force service member and Iraq War veteran. Michelle and Nathan Paet were high school sweethearts and got married in 2006, a source told the Asian Journal.

“I made a huge mistake and a really bad choice and I’m truly sorry,” Michelle Paet tearfully said in court on Thursday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The murder occurred back in December 2010, prosecutors detailed, when Rodriguez waited outside the Paet residence and was signaled by a text message that Nathan Paet was getting ready to leave for work at Nellis Air Force Base.

Rodriguez and an accomplice, Corey Hawkins, confronted Nathan Paet and shot him five times in the back. He reportedly collapsed in front of his wife and their four children, before he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Michelle Paet revealed that the murder plot was conspired to collect $650,000 in life insurance — $400,000 from the military and $250,000 from her husband’s insurance policy. She and Rodriguez met and entered a relationship while working at a telemarketing company in Las Vegas. The murder plot was planned over the course of six months, prosecutors said.

“She sits before you as she has before other men, crying and kind of the perfect picture of femininity and vulnerability, looking like a victim,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Fleck said. “What you see is not what you get.”

Rodriguez was separately found guilty last year for his part in the murder.

The Paets’ four children currently live in Guam with relatives and are reportedly afraid of their mother. “They are afraid that if she can do this to their father, she may be capable of doing this to them,” Nathan Paet’s mother Carmelita said.

Michelle Paet, addressing the judge and her murdered husband’s relatives, sought forgiveness.

“I hope and pray that one day each and every one of them will find it in their hearts to truly forgive me,” she said.

Source: Asian Journal

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