Gilbert woman gets natural life in prison in hammer-killing case - East Valley Tribune: Gilbert

Gilbert woman gets natural life in prison in hammer-killing case

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 3:20 pm

A woman accused of killing her husband with a hammer has been sentenced to natural life in prison.

A jury convicted Marissa Devault of first-degree murder in April.

Prosecutors said Devault killed her husband, Dale Harrell, in a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to pay off loans to her boyfriend.

Devault initially told investigators that her husband choked her while she slept and that when she regained consciousness she saw another man who lived at the home beating Harrell with a hammer.

Investigators say Devault later confessed, saying she pummeled him in a rage as he slept after he sexually assaulted her.

Devault was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Roland Steinle.

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