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SAN BERNARDINO -- Laurie Cone, the wife of longtime San Bernardino television repairman John "Jack" Cone, was sentenced Tuesday morning to a life term in state prison for her role in last year's slaying of her husband in their North Sierra Way home.
Ed Congdon, Cone's lawyer, said he plans to file an appeal.
The judge also agreed to delay the sentencing of convicted co-defendant Gary Gallion for 30 days, per the defendant's request. Gallion, who asked for the delay because his young children were sick, will be back in court April 30 for sentencing.
A third defendant, Shawna Bayless, is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
Laurie Cone, 47, and Gallion, 30, were found guilty by a jury last month of first-degree murder, second-degree robbery and first-degree residential burglary in the death of John "Jack" Cone, 64.
Cone was also found guilty of soliciting Charles Duke and Nathan Diaz to commit the murder.
Jack Cone was found bound and fatally beaten on April 2, 2012, in his San Bernardino home, which doubled as his television-repair shop on North Sierra Way. Laurie Cone had been gambling with her daughter at a local casino while Jack Cone was being attacked.
"We feel it's appropriate for the crime that was committed," Deputy District Attorney Cary Epstein said after the sentencing in the San Bernardino Superior Court.
During the trial, defense lawyers had argued that Laurie Cone and Gallion were not involved in the crimes.
Prosecutors say Laurie Cone had dual motives: She wanted her husband dead, and she wanted his property.
Friends of the victim said she just wanted his money.
"The sad thing is, if she had just said 'give me some money,' he would have given her the shirt off his back," said Greg Laplante, who knew Jack Cone.
Laplante, of Calimesa, said Laurie Cone's sentencing was just.
"She got what she deserved," he said.