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A South Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison plus an additional sentence for her role in a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the shooting death of a local law professor.

Katherine Magbanua was sentenced Friday morning to life behind bars without the possibility of probation or parole, as well as two consecutive terms of 30 years in prison. Magbanua, 37, was convicted in May of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and incitement to commit murder.

Prosecutors said she acted as an intermediary between her ex-boyfriend, dentist Charlie Adelson, and the men he allegedly hired to kill Florida State University law professor Daniel “Danny “Markel eight years ago.

Magbanua’s attorney, Tara Kawass, had asked for the lightest sentence possible, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

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Katherine Magbanua
(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Kawass read a statement on behalf of her client, in which she told the court: “She thinks of Dan Markel every day, she thinks of her children every day. … Not a day goes by that she doesn’t expresses how her heart is broken for the Markel family. One thing I can say that Ms. Magbanua is hoping and praying for is that justice is on the way and has not been served in this case, and she wants every person who played a role in this case and knows something about it to be brought to justice.”

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Markel, a prominent lawyer, was on the heels of a contentious divorce from Adelson’s sister, Wendi, when he was shot dead in her car on July 18, 2014. The couple had been at odds and argued in court documents on certain issues, namely, Wendi’s move from Tallahassee to be closer to her family in South Florida.

Tallahassee Police Department investigators said Markel dropped off his children at daycare around 8:50 a.m. about five miles from his home, then drove to Premier Health and Fitness Center, where he arrived around 9 a.m. 12, according to an affidavit of probable cause. shared online in 2016.

Daniel Markel

Daniel Markel
(Florida State University)

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Police found that a Toyota Prius had followed Markel not only into the parking lot of the fitness center, but was also “following Markel’s car” before and after his time at the gym.

“Investigators believe the suspects in the Prius followed the victim throughout the morning to this residence, where the victim was shot in the head while sitting in his car,” the statement said. affidavit. “Markel’s neighbor heard what he believed to be a gunshot and looked out the window, where he saw a small silver or light colored vehicle, resembling a Prius, backing into the driveway of the victim.”

Markel was rushed to a local hospital, but could not be saved.

This photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Charles Adelson.  Adelson, a Florida dentist, was arrested for hiring hitmen eight years ago to kill his sister's ex-husband, a prominent law professor.  Adelson faces murder and other charges in the 2014 death of Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel.

This photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shows Charles Adelson. Adelson, a Florida dentist, was arrested for hiring hitmen eight years ago to kill his sister’s ex-husband, a prominent law professor. Adelson faces murder and other charges in the 2014 death of Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel.
(Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Magbanua had lived with one of the accused gunmen, Sigfredo Garcia, with whom she had two children. She had previously had a relationship with Charlie Adelson and had previously worked for Adelson’s family’s dental practice.

Garcia and his alleged accomplice, Luis Rivera, were charged in June 2016. Magbanua was arrested months later in October 2016. Garcia was convicted in 2019 of first-degree murder and appealed his conviction. Rivera pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

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Charlie Adelson, 45, was arrested in April 2022 after being indicted by a grand jury. He was charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and incitement to commit murder. He pleaded not guilty.