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On May 25, Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, was found guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Dan Brophy, 63, at his Portland office four years ago.

For murdering her husband at his workplace in Portland four years ago, a self-published romance author who previously posted an online essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the prospect of parole.

After a seven-week trial, Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, was found guilty of second-degree murder on May 25. According to NBC station KGW-TV, her sentence offers the chance of parole after 25 years in prison.

Crampton Brophy fatally murdered Dan Brophy, 63, inside the now-closed Oregon Culinary Institute where he worked in 2018 because she stood to profit financially from his life insurance claim, according to prosecutors.

The case gained national attention because to an essay written by Crampton Brophy years prior, but the essay was not allowed to be used as evidence at trial.

The prosecution claimed that the pair was in financial trouble at the time of the murder and that she had researched and acquired a “ghost gun” kit online before subsequently purchasing a Glock 17 handgun at a gun show.

Crampton Brophy’s lawyer contended that the state’s evidence was shaky, refuted the assertions of financial difficulties, and called others to testify about the couple’s strong and loving bond. Crampton Brophy testified as well, claiming that she and her husband had both obtained life insurance policies as part of their retirement planning and that they had a strategy in place to pay off their debt.
She also revealed that her research into ghost guns was for a future novel.

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