North Shore woman pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

New Orleans, La. - A North Shore woman has pled guilty in a 2009 murder-for-hire plot. Gina Scramuzza, pled Wednesday morning at the St. Tammany Parish Court House, according to St. Tammany Parish District Attorney, Rick Wood. She was one of four defendants in the 2009 murder of her husband, Mario Scramuzza. By pleading guilty, Gina will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole, avoiding the death penalty.

Gina Scramuzza was accused of hiring Carlos Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez Hernandez and Erly Montoya-Matute to kill her husband. Mario Scramuzza was found beaten and choked to death in his home. According to Wood, Rodriguez is still awaiting trial for first degree murder, Hernandez was found guilty on first degree murder charges in January and Montoya-Matute plead guilty to manslaughter.