Essex woman gets life sentence in murder-for-hire

A Maryland woman accused in a murder-for-hire plot has been given a life sentence for her role in the killing of her brother-in-law.

Susan M. Datta, of Essex, supplied the gun that was used to kill William “Ray” Porter, who was fatally shot in March 2010 at a Towson gas station that he owned. Datta was convicted the following November of first-degree murder.

Datta was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Porter’s wife, Karla Porter, is scheduled for trial in March 2013. Prosecutors say Karla Porter paid another man, Walter Bishop, to kill her husband. Bishop is serving a life sentence.

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