Rockefeller Auguste (aw-GOOST') told a judge he was "deeply remorseful" as he was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month.
Authorities said Auguste met with an undercover police officer posing as a killer-for-hire in August 2008. They said Auguste gave the officer a sword, a $500 deposit and instructions to kill his wife and chop off her hand to retrieve her $27,000 diamond wedding ring.
She wasn't harmed.
Defense lawyer Harold Levy says Auguste was emotionally overcome by financial and other problems that erupted during the brief marriage.