Tracey Richter Gets Life for 2001 Murder

      Tracey Richter, waiting for verdict in court, November 7, 2011.

      FORT DODGE, Iowa (KPTM) - An Iowa judge sentenced 45-year-old Tracey Richter to life in prison for shooting and killing a man in her home in 2001.

      Richter, who most recently lived in West Omaha with her fiance, shot and killed 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in her home in the small northwest Iowa town of Early.

      Richter claimed Wehde, who she and her husband knew, and a second man broke into her home while her husband was out of town.

      Richter appeared on national television soon after the shooting, telling how she killed Wehde to protect herself and her three children.

      Prosecutors said Richter made up the story as part of a convoluted plot to frame her ex-husband. They said Richter then shot Wehde to keep him quiet.

      A jury convicted Richter of first degree murder November 7.