TOWSON, Md. — A Baltimore County judge has sentenced a woman to life in prison for hiring a man to kill her husband at the family’s gas station in Towson.

Karla Porter was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus 40 years without the possibility of parole.

Porter was convicted of first-degree murder in August. Prosecutors say Porter plotted the death of her husband, William Ray Porter, at his Hess gas station to make it look like he was killed during a robbery. The man she hired, Walter Bishop Jr., is serving a life sentence.

Porter had testified that her husband had verbally, physically and psychologically abused his wife for years. Her lawyer said that Porter planned the slaying in self-defense.

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