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Man kills his newlywed wife to collect $1 million insurance policy

By Mason White 12:55 PM April 23, 2014
Michel Escoto 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of killing his newlywed wife in order to collect a $1 million life insurance policy, prosecutors in Florida said.

Michel Escoto was married to 21-year-old Wendy Trapaga for only four days before beating and strangling her, a court was told.

Escoto first tried to poison her drink during their honeymoon in order to make her death look like an accident. However, Trapaga refused to drink the beverage because it tasted bad.

He tried to choke her several days later in a Jacuzzi at the Executive Airport Motel in Miami, but could not get her to stay underwater. Later that night, he beat her to death with an iron rod.

The jury found the 42-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder and he faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.