(Painesville, Ohio) In June 2011, Christine Metter and her father Al Zombory were accused of arranging a murder-for-hire plot against David Metter, Christine's ex-husband.
Last month, a jury convicted Metter of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Afterward, Zombory, 77, pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Christine Metter & Al Zombory
Earlier today, 41-year-old Metter was sentenced by Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge Eugene Lucci to 10 years in prison.
Lucci said in a telephone interview that he gave Metter the maximum for four reasons: her lack of remorse; the extreme psychological harm she caused David Metter, their four daughters and Metter's new wife; her involving her father in the scheme and blaming him for it; and her failure to stop the scheme at any point along the way.For his conviction, Zombory was sentenced to nine years in prison by Judge Richard Collins Jr.
She and her 77-year-old father were arrested after the Eastlake police officer who posed as the hitman showed her father a cellphone photo of David Metter posing as though he'd been shot in the head in a Florida hotel room.
"She wanted David Metter killed as revenge for his getting custody of their 16-year-old daughter and to prevent him from getting custody of the younger three girls," Lucci said.
Christine Metter was also the beneficiary of a $1.5 million life insurance policy that a Baltimore divorce judge had ordered David Metter to maintain. She had agreed to pay the hitman $50,000 from the policy proceeds, Lucci said.