OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge formally sentenced Brenda Andrew to death Wednesday for the shotgun killing of her estranged husband, setting the stage for her to become the only woman on Oklahoma's death row.
An Oklahoma County jury recommended the death sentence for Andrew on July 16 for the killing, which prosecutors said was part of an attempt with her lover to collect on advertising executive Rob Andrew's $800,000 life insurance policy.
The formal sentencing was done by Judge Susan Bragg.
Brenda Andrew's lover, James Pavatt, has also been sentenced to death.
Andrew, who is currently in the Oklahoma County Jail, will be transferred to the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, where female death row inmates are housed.
Inmates executed in Oklahoma since the mid-1990s have generally taken seven to 10 years to exhaust their appeals.
The last woman on Oklahoma's death row was Lois Nadean Smith, 61, who was executed on Dec. 4, 2001, for killing a 21-year-old woman.