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A woman who said she helped abduct and kill a man out of fear of her husband drew a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison.

Monica Szlekovics insisted her husband, Angel Mateo, was the chief culprit. "I'm not the one who had the motives to do these things," she sobbed before sentencing Friday.

Ms. Szlekovics, 21, was found guilty last month of second-degree murder, kidnapping, assault and burglary in the Nov. 2 slaying of Juan Rodriguez-Matos. She was acquitted of first-degree murder.

Police say Mateo believed Rodriguez-Matos knew his estranged wife's whereabouts and killed him when he offered no help in locating her.

Mateo, 28, is awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping, shooting and suffocating Rodriguez-Matos. He could face death by lethal injection.

He also is accused of three killings in 1995.

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