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Conviction upheld in murder for hire case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Racine woman who offered a friend $50,000 and a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to kill her husband.

The Second District Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld Diane Zimmerman’s conviction of being party to the crime of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The court also upheld her 35-year prison sentence and $185,000 in fines.

Michael Isferding stabbed Zimmerman’s husband but failed to kill him.

Zimmerman argues on appeal that her attorney was ineffective, her “positive” character wasn’t properly considered when sentencing and the amount of her restitution was too much.

The appeals court rejected all her arguments.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Michael Holzman, had not seen the opinion and had no comment.

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