Judge Andrew Logan sentenced convicted killer Claudia Hoerig to life in prison with parole eligibility after 28 years — the prosecutor’s recommendation for sentencing.
Hoerig shot and killed her husband, Karl Hoerig, in their Newton Falls home in 2007. She then fled to Brazil and had to be extradited to face trial here.
A jury found Hoerig guilty of aggravated murder in her husband’s death, despite her claims that he was abusive and that she snapped when she shot him.
Judge Logan said she never denied killing him but said she never showed remorse for her actions, always deflecting blame. He added that she never showed emotion when talking about her husband Karl’s death and said he believes that she plotted Karl’s death.
Prior to sentencing, Claudia’s attorneys expressed “their condolences” to Karl Hoerig’s family.
Claudia Hoerig declined to give a statement, saying she has been misquoted in media reports.
Karl’s brother, Paul, gave a statement, saying the crime that Claudia committed is unimaginable. He said it was “heartbreaking and frustrating” that she fled to Brazil, started a business and remarried after the crime “as if nothing had happened.”
In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins asked a life prison sentence with parole eligibility after 28 years. That includes a 25-year sentence with a 3-year mandatory firearm specification.
The recommendation also called for her to get credit for the time served in Brazil from April 2016 to February 2018 as part of a deal hammered out between the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office and the Appellate Court in Brazil to get Hoerig to the U.S.
Karl’s daughter also gave a statement in support of the prosecutor’s recommendations. She criticized Claudia’s claims that were made about her father during the trial.
Claudia will serve her sentence in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio.
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