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Thai wife of murdered Canadian gets life in prison

The Thai wife of a Canadian man murdered in Thailand was sentenced to life in prison along with her ex-boyfriend and a man accused of being a hired gunman.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Thai wife of a Canadian man murdered in Thailand was sentenced to life in prison along with her ex-boyfriend and a man accused of being a hired gunman.

The Ranong Provincial Court initially sentenced the three to death Thursday for the premeditated murder of Dale Henry on Feb. 3, 2008, but reduced the penalty to life imprisonment because they cooperated with police, the court said.

Henry, 48, of Calgary, was murdered in his bed at his home in Ranong province, 290 miles (460 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Bangkok.

A police investigation found the three plotted to kill Henry to collect his life insurance, the court said in a statement.

It said Henry's wife, Manareet Henry, planned the murder with her ex-boyfriend, Amornsak Keskaow, in January 2008. At one point she sent the ex-boyfriend a text message asking him to hire a gunman, saying Henry became verbally and physically abusive after drinking, the statement said.

Gunman Jinda Sae Tae was hired for the attack, the police report said.