updated 7/24/2006 8:05:46 PM ET 2006-07-25T00:05:46

The wife of a Pennsylvania doctor surrendered Monday to face charges in the shooting death of her millionaire husband last year along the Ohio Turnpike. Hours earlier, a man linked romantically to her pleaded guilty in the case.

Donna Moonda, 47, was charged in federal court with interstate stalking that resulted in death, using a firearm in a violent crime, and aiding and abetting.

Earlier in the day, Damian Bradford, 25, of Monaca, Pa., near Pittsburgh, admitted in an Akron court to his involvement in the shooting and agreed to cooperate with authorities. Prosecutors said Bradford was the triggerman.

Gulam Moonda, 69, a urologist from Hermitage, Pa., was shot May 13, 2005, after he pulled off the turnpike south of Cleveland to let his wife drive, authorities said. His wife said a gunman emerged from another vehicle, shot and robbed her husband and fled.

Prosecutors said they would decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Moonda's widow.

Her attorney said she intends to plead not guilty.

Bradford and Donna Moonda, who apparently met in drug rehabilitation, were having an affair, and she planned to divorce her husband in hopes of obtaining up to $4 million, authorities said. The doctor's will indicated his wife would get 20 percent of his estate — an estimated $1.2 million — and their home.

During Bradford's plea hearing, U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd Jr. said Bradford will get 17 1/2 years in prison. Bradford could have received life in prison.

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