South Carolina woman gets life prison sentence after her teen hit man killed the wrong target

A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to life in prison after she hired a teen to kill a man and he killed the wrong man by mistake.

Prosecutor David Stumbo says 41-year-old Karlita Desean Phillips of Greenwood was sentenced Thursday. She was convicted of accessory before the fact of murder and soliciting a minor to commit a felony.

Authorities say Phillips hired a 17-year-old to kill her estranged husband in 2013, but he killed her husband's brother, 31-year-old Jamil Phillips, by mistake.

Investigators say Jamil Phillips was ambushed as he slid his key into the door of his home in Abbeville.

The teen is awaiting trial for murder. He testified he and Karlita Phillips were in a sexual relationship and that she hired him to kill her estranged husband.


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