A jury convicted an Essex County man on Saturday of hiring someone to help murder his wife by forcing water down her throat in the couple's northern New York home.
The first-degree murder conviction means that Jeffrey Glanda, 49, could face the death penalty or life in prison.
The body of Jeannine Glanda was discovered in August 1997 in a sport utility vehicle that was partially submerged in a nearby lake. According to testimony, Glanda offered Nicholas Pecararo, $15,000, a new pickup truck and a snowmobile to help commit the murder.
Pecararo testified that after Glanda attacked his wife in her home, he shocked her with a stun gun while Pecararo held her.
Glanda allegedly then beat her and poured large amounts of water down her throat until she died, authorities said.
Pecararo said he took the body to upper Cascade Lake in Keene and dumped it and her Ford Explorer into the lake.