A Huntsville man has pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit murder, admitting he hired a hit man to kill the common-law husband of a woman with whom he was having an affair.
Raymond Boeckner, 62, admitted Thursday that he hired Rahman "Ray Ray" Meadows two years ago to kill Steven Spearman, 32, who was shot to death May 31, 2006, in his southwest Huntsville apartment.
Spearman's common-law wife, Cherri Kincaid, 30, was in the apartment at the time and identified Meadows as the killer. Meadows
was never caught.
Murder-for-hire charges are still pending against Boeckner's brother, Ron Boeckner, 68, of Las Vegas, who is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill two government witnesses against Raymond Boeckner in his contract murder case.
The judge sentenced Raymond Boeckner to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In return for Boeckner's plea, the prosecution dropped charges of capital murder and criminal solicitation of murder.
Assistant District Attorney Randy Dill said he agreed to the defense's plea proposal after talking to Spearman's family.
Dill said it effectively resolves the case, with Boeckner serving life in prison and giving up his right to appeal.
Linda Beach, Spearman's mother, said she was satisfied with the way the trial ended.
"We are pleased he actually admitted that he hired "Ray Ray" Meadows to kill Steve," Beach said.
"I would have liked for the jury to have ruled on it, but this way he doesn't get any appeals."
Beach said her family will do whatever possible to make sure Boeckner stays in prison the rest of his life.
Dill said Boeckner was infatuated with Kincaid and hired Meadows to kill Spearman.
Kincaid admitted having a sexual relationship with Boeckner that Spearman didn't know about.