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December 18, 2014
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Novak found guilty on all counts

Paul Novak


According to her testimony, she did so fully believing she would be arrested on the spot for not reporting the incident earlier, and because she knew of Paul’s plan to murder Catherine in advance. Also, she initially lied to authorities and told them Paul was with her when the house burned down. After coming clean, however, she was not charged with a crime.

After LaFrance came forward, authorities contacted Sherwood, who almost immediately pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.

Now Novak has been found guilty of first and second degree murder, burglary and charges related to insurance fraud. He could be sentenced to life without parole.