2009-12-03 / Local & State

Iraq War Vet Sentenced For Plot To Kill His Wife

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A decorated veteran of the war in Iraq will spend six to 12 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.

Thirty-one-year-old Sheldon Stewart tearfully apologized to his wife Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in Pittsburgh. Stewart pleaded guilty in August to trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife while the couple were engaged in a bitter child custody dispute.

Authorities say Stewart paid a man $100 in October 2008 as a down payment for Sarah Stewart’s murder. But the man went to police instead.

Sheldon Stewart was awarded a Purple Heart after being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2003. Defense attorney Candace Stockey says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2005, Stewart pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to help an accomplice steal mail.

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