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Crime Matriarch Gets 26 Years For Murder

MELBOURNE, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Judy Moran, matriarch of an Australian crime family, denied participating in the killing of her brother-in-law as she was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years.

The man who shot Des “Tuppence” Moran, Geoffrey “Nutts” Armour, received the same sentence, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Judy Moran was convicted in March of planning the killing in the Melbourne suburb of Ascot Vale and serving as the getaway driver. She was arrested when police saw her abandoning the getaway car.

“Sir, you are wrong,” Moran told the judge after the sentence was handed down. “I am innocent.”

Moran, 66, was married to Johnny Cole, who was killed in 1982, and then to Lewis Moran, who was gunned down in 2004. Her two sons were also homicide victims.

Judge Lex Lasry said the amount of bloodshed in her family made her decision to have Des Moran killed even less understandable.

Lasry denied a prosecution motion to seize the money Moran made from the sale of her house in Ascot Vale.

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