NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A man convicted on charges associated with plotting a home invasion to murder his wife was handed down a 35-year prison sentence.
A jury recommended that Anthony Johnson spend 35 years behind bars after he was found guilty for a number of charges stemming from conspiring to kill his wife, Elizabeth Johnson, at their home in August 2015.
The recommendation included 25 years for attempted capital murder, five years for conspiracy to commit capital murder and another five years on a malicious wounding charge.
Johnson allegedly hired three men, Tristan Reeder, Robert Burnette, and Joseph Apodaca, to kill his then-pregnant wife in exchange for $100,000 from her life insurance policy.
The men, who lived with the married couple until being kicked out, told authorities that they broke into the home just hours after being booted from the home by Elizabeth.
They then pretended to choke Johnson as Elizabeth was strangled and repeatedly stomped on the face.
Last week, Reeder pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder for hire. He will spend five years behind bars.
Reeder claimed Johnson promised him $40,000 of that money.
Apodaca was charged with failure to report a felony. He was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail.
Burnette claimed he was supposed to receive a $70,000 cut of the money if all went as planned.
Elizabeth survived the attack and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.