Defiance Co. woman faces sentencing for getting son to kill her husband

Judith Hawkey

A woman faces life imprisonment for persuading her adopted son to kill her husband in 2003.

Judith Hawkey was found guilty of aggravated murder and multiple counts of child endangering in connection with the death of Robert Breininger. She will receive her sentence Thursday afternoon in Defiance Common Pleas Court.

Authorities initially ruled Breininger's death accidental until new evidence re-opened the investigation two years ago.

Prosecutors said Hawkey physically and emotionally abused the child for many years prior to the shooting.