Woman gets life after her teen hit man killed wrong target

Karlita Phillips offered her 16-year-old lover $13,000 to gun down her husband Dale Phillips Jr.

COLUMBIA, SC – A Greenwood woman has been sentenced to life in prison for hiring a teen to kill another man.

Prosecutor David Stumbo says a judge handed down that sentence Thursday for 41-year-old Karlita Desean Phillips. A jury convicted her of accessory before the fact of murder and soliciting a minor to commit a felony.

Authorities say Phillips hired a 17-year-old to kill her estranged husband in 2013. But the teen killed her husband’s brother, 31-year-old Jamil Phillips, by mistake.

Investigators say Jamil Phillips was returning home in Abbeville when he was ambushed as he slid his key into the door.

The teen is awaiting trial for murder. He testified he and Karlita Phillips were in a sexual relationship and that she agreed to pay him $13,000 to kill her estranged husband.

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