A judge sentenced ex-Army medic Michael Walker to 35 years in prison on Monday in Honolulu in response to the 2014 killing of his wife, Catherine Walker, the Daily Mail reported.
Michael's mistress, Alisa Jackson, also received a 30-year prison sentence under a plea deal that saw her help secure an indictment against Michael Walker in exchange for avoiding a life sentence.
Michael Walker, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September, admitting that he arranged for Jackson, 29, to kill his wife while he was working in the emergency room at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Jackson — who reportedly suffers from mental health issues — pleaded guilty to the murder in 2015.
Jackson stabbed Catherine multiple times with a kitchen knife, and then waited 30 minutes to make sure Catherine was dead.
Catherine's family is now just revealing that their loved one forgave Jackson as she lay dying.
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Following Monday's sentencing, Catherine's father revealed that Catherine forgave Jackson for taking her life, and that the family also supports Jackson and forgives her for the murder of their loved one.
On Monday, assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Brady said, "Our goal from the very beginning was to hold everyone responsible for Catherine's death accountable."
Brady added, "On the night [Catherine] was stabbed to death, Jackson asked [Catherine] if she forgave her. As she was being stabbed, Catherine replied 'yes.'"
U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said that it was clear Michael orchestrated the killing of his wife.
"Ms. Jackson wielded the knife that killed your wife," Mollway said, "and that was a terrible, terrible deed. But it does appear to me that you were in control. That she did what she did because you wanted her to. And you knew she had mental health problems."
Catherine's father, Douglas Plotz, said that he and the family support a lower sentence for Jackson.
"We wholeheartedly forgive her," he said. "I want Ms. Jackson to know that."
During her 2015 testimony, Jackson admitted that she was taking both antidepressant and antipsychotic medications at the time of the murder.
Michael reportedly told Jackson that he couldn't divorce his wife because of money, and that he stood to receive at least $400,000 in life insurance funds if she passed. Michael and Jackson reportedly plotted Catherine's murder in a variety of emails, text messages, and more.
During the investigation in 2016, a military court discovered that Michael Walker was in possession of child pornography. Just a year later, he was convicted of sexually abusing a child, physically assaulting a child, and wrongfully communicating a threat.
However, Walker insisted that he would "do anything" to bring back his wife.
"I love Cathy very much and I would do anything if it could bring her back," he said following Monday's sentencing.
The U.S. military reduced Walker's rank from sergeant to private and released him from the Army on a dishonorable discharge.