VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A Virginia Beach woman pleaded guilty to hiring a hitman to kill witnesses in her son's murder trial.

Marie Leary pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation to commit murder on Wednesday. She was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 years suspended and 10 years to serve. She then can undergo supervised probation with good behavior for 10 years, and no contact with the victims.

Her son, Marquel Leary, is spending 41 years behind bars for shooting and killing Taiwan Simon last summer. He is just one of six defendants in that case.