Criminal Justice

Ex-lawyer is sentenced for soliciting murder of his law-office manager

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A former Texas lawyer was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday based on accusations that he solicited a client to kill his law-office manager.

Former lawyer Paul Andrews of San Antonio pleaded no contest to the solicitation charge before his sentencing, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Andrews spoke during the hearing, according to the newspaper account. “I’ve learned something, that when you lose everything that is important, somehow God opens your eyes to what is really important,” Andrews said.

The office manager, Maryann Uribe, had alleged in a 2011 lawsuit that she was fired for refusing to solicit personal injury clients for Andrews. The accusation led to a barratry charge against Andrews in June 2014. He was charged with solicitation of murder in August 2014.

The barratry charge was dismissed on Thursday.

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