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Virginia woman gets prison for plotting fatal attack

November 25, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has been sentenced to just under seven years in prison for plotting an attack that mistakenly killed an elementary teacher.

The Virginian-Pilot reports 24-year-old Teniqu Cushman was sentenced Friday. She previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit first-degree murder in 50-year-old Caroline Hendrix’s death.

Hendrix was shot outside a Virginia Beach home in 2017. The target was her boyfriend, Alex Novak. The attacker, 72-year-old Ed Shaw, of Utah, pleaded guilty last month to charges including second-degree murder. Sentencing for him is set for January.

Cushman told the court she succumbed to financial struggles upon leaving her South Carolina home and began prostituting herself to men like Shaw. She said the shooting was meant to target Novak, an ex-boyfriend who she said told her mother about her sex work.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com