RUMFORD — A Maine woman pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and solicitation in connection with the shooting death of her husband.

In turn, two counts of murder were dropped against 25-year-old Gayla Sheldon of Rumford.

Her husband, Victor Reed Sheldon, and his friend, Roger Leroy Day Jr., were fatally shot in 2009.

Eric Hamel and Richard Moulton, who was Gayla Sheldon’s boyfriend at the time, confessed to the killings and pleaded guilty to murder.

The Lewiston Sun-Journal reports when Hamel and Moulton were arrested, they told police the killings were payback for an assault against Sheldon by her husband. Hamel told police that he and Moulton had met with Gayla Sheldon several times to plan the murders.

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