Chilling video: Wife laughs as she hires 'hit man' to kill husband

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WXMI-TV) — Julia Merfeld, 21, thought she was hiring a hit man to kill her husband, but it turned out to be an undercover officer. Her jovial demeanor is startling.

Julia Merfeld laughs as she talks to a 'hit man' about killing her husband.

The video shows her interaction with the officer during a sting. She initially asked her former co-worker, Carlos Ramos, to do the hit on her husband. Ramos alerted police.

Merfeld pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of her 27-year-old husband.

Merfeld’s husband told the court he wants her to serve no jail time for the crime; however, Chief Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti wasn’t as forgiving.  He agreed to cap the sentence at six years when he sentences her on July 30 because of the victim’s wishes.

During questioning by the judge, Merfeld admitted to meeting with a man to solicit the murder between April 5 and April 10.  She later learned that he was an undercover Michigan State Police officer.  She confessed to police after her arrest that she wanted her husband killed so she could collect a $400,000 life insurance policy.

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