Fred Knadler update: Man sentenced in murder-for-hire case

PHOENIX - A Valley businessman accused of plotting to have his wife killed over a divorce was sentenced Friday in a Phoenix courtroom.

Fred Knadler was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty in December to attempted kidnapping.

Police say Knadler, part owner of Arizona Shower Door, tried to hire an employee to murder his wife, Libby.

Patrick King said he was offered $50,000 to murder Libby then bury her body in the desert. He recorded the conversation and turned it over to police.

Police say Knadler then tried to hire an undercover officer to kill both his wife and King.

Knadler's wife says she's afraid if her husband gets out of prison he'll try to have her killed a third time.

King said he was hoping Knadler would have been sentenced to the maximum 15 years.

"I don't think he should've been offered a plea bargain. At least eight years is better than the five his defense attorneys were going for," King said.

Libby Knadler added, "I was hoping for longer years, but at least I feel the judge made some justice."

"My safety depends on him not having the freedom to carry out what he has attempted twice."

The sentence was part of a deal with prosecutors in exchange for dropping the charges from conspiracy to commit murder down to kidnapping.

Knadler, who had to be helped up out of his chair for the sentencing, will be given credit for the 740 days he's already served in prison.

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