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Wife killer Bourne Huddleston resentenced in plea deal that gets sister probation

Convicted murderer Bourne Huddleston will spend at least 55 years in prison for murdering his wife in 2012 and concocting three different murder-for-hire schemes along the way.

Huddleston, 46, was resentenced today in Jackson County Circuit Court for the murder of Kristy Huddleston as part of a plea deal that allows his sister to escape prison time for her role trying to hire a hit man to kill a star witness against him.

In exchange, Huddleston pleaded no contest to a third charge of attempted aggravated murder and agreed to waive any claims to $800,000 of life insurance and federal benefits due her estate.

That money will now go to the couple's son, who was 10 years old when he discovered Kristy Huddleston's body in the family's rural Medford home moments after she was shot dead by her husband in March 2012.

"This doesn't return his parents, but it at least gives him a chance," Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe said outside of court this afternoon. "This can have an impact on his life right now."

Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of murder and was sentenced to five years' probation, which she will be allowed to serve in her home state of Florida.

Eight other felony charges against her were dropped.

Huddleston's original sentence last month was for life in prison with a mandatory minimum of 25 years, with other sentences running concurrent to that. After today's plea, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia echoed the original life sentence but added three consecutive 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for attempted aggravated murder for trying to hire two men to kill his wife and then trying to hire a third to kill one of the original would-be assassins who was cooperating with police.

Even if a parole board allowed it, Huddleston would not be eligible for parole until after his 101st birthday.

Kristy Huddleston was a nurse care manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City who helped returning veterans reintegrate into society following tours of duty.

Bourne Huddleston was a former Marine who did four tours in the Middle East.

— Mark Freeman