Wife Pleads Guilty to Trying to Help Husband Cover Up Girlfriend's Murder

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ The wife of a Connecticut man serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend has been convicted of helping her husband try to cover up his crimes.

Anthea Baggett pleaded guilty Thursday to setting fire to the victim’s apartment and a car and was sentenced to five years behind bars.

She pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to first-degree aiding arson and first-degree hindering prosecution in Waterbury Superior Court.

The Republican American reports that the 33-year-old Baggett said in court that she lived in fear of her husband, Vernon Cowan, and that’s why she helped him.

Cowan, career criminal, was convicted earlier this month of the March 2008 killing Whitney Bass, with whom he was having an affair.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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