A Texas woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year after attempting to hire a hitman to murder her husband — and after her husband faked his own death to catch her in the act.
Now her intended victim, the boxing coach Ramon Sosa, is telling the story of how he and local investigators used stage makeup to convince his ex-wife Maria Sosa that he was dead.
"When I saw the video of her — when they showed her the staged photos of me dead with bullet in the side of my head — she giggled and laughed like she hit the lotto," said Ramon, reported ABC 13.
The couple was going through a divorce at the time of the 2015 murder plot. Prosecutors later said that Maria wanted Ramon dead in order to claim his money.
Maria met with a man that she believed to be a hitman — actually, an undercover cop — and promised him $4,000, jewelry, and Ramon’s truck in exchange for Ramon’s murder.
Officers then took a series of photos of Ramon in a ditch, with stage makeup applied to his head to make it seem like he had been shot.
"They brought pictures of actual dead people with a bullet wound to the head, and they said, 'we're going to do it kind of like this one here'," said Ramon.
The Montgomery County DA’s office said that this was to help shore up their case before putting Maria behind bars.
"You want to try to take it as far as you can, ‘cause you want to show the true intent of this person was to make sure that their spouse or their boyfriend or their business partner was dead," said Montgomery County assistant district attorney Kelly Blackburn, according to ABC.
"As a victim, my life will never be the same. And as the person that committed the crime, their lives will never be the same. Their family will never be the same," said Sosa.
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