Update: Newlywed convicted of hiring hitman wanted husband’s insurance money, didn’t know ex was still beneficiary

A Cleveland woman convicted of organizing a murder-for-hire plot against her new firefighter husband apparently wanted his insurance money, but had no idea that his ex-wife was still listed as the beneficiary.

Crime Online reported that on Friday, 45-year-old Uloma Curry-Walker was convicted of aggravated murder, assault, and conspiracy in connection with the 2013 death of her husband, William Walker. The couple had only been married four months when Curry-Walker made a $1,000 down payment to her daughter’s boyfriend to arrange a hitman to take out her husband.

Apparently, the motive was mainly financial. Curry-Walker wanted the money from her husband’s $100,000 insurance policy, but unbeknownst to her, he never made Curry-Walker the beneficiary. It was still listed in his former wife’s name, who ultimately was given the insurance money. Prosecutors said Curry-Walker was in dire financial straits after racking up over $10,000 in credit card debt.

According to court testimony, Curry-Walker gave her 17-year-old daughter’s boyfriend, Chad Padgett, $1,000 to find someone to kill Walker. Padgett enlisted his cousin, Chris Hein, to kill Walker. Hein failed during his attempt to kill the victim. Padgett then sought out Ryan Dorty, who shot Walker four times, killing him.

Hein received 18 years to life for his role, while Padgett received 28 years to life, and Dorty received 23 years to life. Curry-Walker’s daughter was not charged as an adult. She’ll spend at least a month in a juvenile detention facility.

Curry-Walker, who later claimed her husband was abusive, is scheduled for sentencing on August 8. She could receive life without parole for her role in the crime.

[Feature Photo: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office]