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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Woman sentenced to 15 years for plotting to kill her husband

From staff reports

A Spokane Valley woman convicted last month of plotting to kill her husband was sentenced to 15 years Friday.

Martie Soderberg, 40, had tried to pay a high school friend to kill her husband of 15 years, whom she accused of verbal and physical abuse.

The would-be hit man, Martin Drake, later turned her in and became an informant for sheriff’s detectives, saying Soderberg was trying to collect on her husband’s $300,000 life insurance policy.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge John Cooney doled out the sentence to Soderberg, who is facing a dozen additional charges including welfare and insurance fraud, theft, perjury and witness tampering. Those charges still are pending.