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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix businessman accused of plotting to kill his wife over a contentious divorce has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 75-year-old Fred B. Knadler was sentenced Friday.

He pleaded guilty last month to attempted kidnapping.

Knadler is owner of Arizona Shower Door Inc.

He was arrested in January 2012 after he allegedly conspired with and paid one of his employees to kill his wife and bury her body in the desert.

Phoenix police say Knadler allegedly wanted to avoid losing millions of dollars in a divorce.

Investigators say Knadler allegedly gave the employee a cash down payment with the promise of an additional $10,000 when the job was done plus an additional $10,000 each year he maintained his silence.

The killing didn't occur.

Associated Press,

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