Denton woman sentenced to 8 1/2 years for attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband

A Denton woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband in 2015 was sentenced Friday to eight and a half years in prison on the charge of solicitation to commit murder.

Jacquaeline Z. Williams, 65, agreed to pay $1,500 to a hired killer in October 2015, if he would murder her husband. She met with the hit man—who turned out to be an undercover police officer—in a grocery store parking lot, where the officer recorded the Williams’ intentions before arresting her, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram.

Williams told the undercover officer that she and her husband had been separated for 20 years, and that she received money from him. But she said he was threatening to take it away.

According to Denton County criminal court records, Williams has already served 406 days in jail.

Jurors deliberated just 45 minutes before the guilty verdict was reached.