Wendy Moore, who was described by prosecutors as the architect of a Charleston murder-for-hire plot, wants to spend less time in prison than her co-defendant, Chris Latham, according to court records.
Moore, 38, was found guilty on four federal counts in February for a plot targeting Latham's estranged wife in 2013 - including conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in a commission of a murder-for-hire; possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; use of interstate commerce facilities in a commission of murder-for-hire; and solicitation to commit murder-for-hire.
Latham, 51, was found guilty of use of interstate commerce facilities in a commission of murder-for-hire, but the jury could not come to a decision on the remaining counts against him.
The sentencing hearings for the pair have not yet been scheduled.
In his formal request to the court, Moore's attorney, David Aylor, denies Moore concocted the plan to have Nancy Cannon killed in April 2013 despite his client's conviction on all counts.
"The defendant (Moore) should be sentenced to something less than Chris Latham, who clearly masterminded this entire criminal enterprise," her attorney's request stated.
Latham and Cannon were in the middle of a contentious divorce and Moore was romantically involved with Latham at the time.
"Wendy Moore neither masterminded, nor instigated the events that led to the criminal charges in this case," her attorney's request stated. "It is clear that the dominant figures in her life are more culpable."
Moore has a history of being manipulated in abusive relationships, according to the document filed by her attorney.
Aylor argues she acted at the direction of the other dominant male figures in her life, specifically Latham and her ex-husband, 38-year-old Sam Yenawine, who prosecutors said she recruited to help carry out the kill.
When asked for comment, Aylor told The Post and Courier it's his duty to provide all relevant information to the court for consideration in Moore's sentencing.
Moore is expected to speak at her sentencing hearing.
The plot was foiled before any harm came to Cannon when Yenawine's friend, Aaron Wilkinson, who had become the hired gun in the scheme, confessed to police after a traffic stop on Charleston's east side.
Wilkinson was sentenced to four years in prison for aiding and abetting murder-for-hire.
Last week Latham's attorney also filed a request with the court to consider a lower sentence than the federal guideline.
Reach Natalie Caula Hauff at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.
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