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S.C. woman sentenced after hired teen hit man kills wrong man

COLUMBIA, S.C. - 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.

Authorities say 41-year-old Karlita Desean Phillips of Greenwood 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.

Prosecutor David Stumbo says was sentenced Thursday. She was convicted of accessory before the fact of murder and soliciting a minor to commit a felony.

According to CBS Atlanta, Stumbo said Phillips was motivated in part by her husband's life insurance payouts. She would have received $500,000 at his death, prosecutors said. Phillips also took out an additional life insurance policy on her husband several months before the shooting.

He testified he and Karlita Phillips were in a sexual relationship and that she hired him to kill her estranged husband and that she agreed to pay him $13,000 to kill her estranged husband.

The teen, who is awaiting trial for murder in Phillips' death, was sentenced to 45 years in prison earlier this year for killing another man in an unrelated case, the station reported.

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