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Firefighter Sentenced to Life for Paying Homeless Man to Kill His Wife

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A former Las Vegas firefighter who graduated from West Point was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday – two months after being convicted of hiring a homeless man to kill his wife, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.

A Clark County, Nevada, judge condemned George Tiaffay, 43, to a life behind prison bars, plus an additional 81 years for convictions of conspiracy, burglary and robbery.

In September, Tiaffay was convicted on a murder charge stemming from his wife Shauna’s 2012 bludgeoning death.

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The mother, who worked as a cocktail waitress at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, was beaten to death by Noel Stevens, a homeless man who told authorities Tiaffay paid him $600 to do it. (Stevens pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year for his role in Shauna’s death.)

During his trial, jurors watched surveillance footage showing Tiaffay and Stevens purchasing hammers at various Las Vegas hardware stores.

Stevens told authorities that Tiaffay allegedly reasoned a hammer would be more effective than a wooden bat, which could break upon impact.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Eric Johnson declared Tuesday that Tiaffay was “pure evil” for going so far as to consider which weapon would be more effective, according to CBS News.