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Man Convicted In Murder-For-Hire Death Of Estranged Wife

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was found guilty Thursday night in the murder-for-hire death of his estranged wife in 2010.

It took a Davidson County jury a little more than an hour to convict Timothy Bozza of the first-degree premeditated murder of 39-year-old Veronica Bozza. The conviction carries a life sentence of at least 51 years in prison.

Veronica Bozza was found shot to death inside her Hermitage home on August 29, 2010, a short time after she dropped off her son with Timothy Bozza for visitation.

Police said Timothy Bozza had offered his friend Cory Cotham $10,000 to murder Veronica. Cotham allegedly entered the home, struggled with Veronica, and then shot her multiple times.

Testimony during the trial showed Timothy Bozza and Cotham had talked about what they called a "crisscross" plan, where Cotham would kill Veronica, and Bozza would kill the ex-husband of one of Cotham's girlfriends.

Cotham was convicted in February of first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery, and sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison.

The friends and family of Veronica Bozza released the following statement in reaction to the verdict:

"Veronica is dearly missed by so many people. Her eternal love for her son was beyond compare. That love was also extended to her family and dear friends in and around the Nashville community. While there are no winners in a horrific and senseless crime such as this, we the family of our beloved Veronica are pleased that the two men responsible for her murder have officially been brought to justice. Now we can all begin to move forward and be a reflection of the love and light that she extended to us during her beautiful life.

"This day would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the men and women of the Nashville Metro Police Department, especially lead Detectives Johnny Crumby and Andrew Injaychock. We would also like to thank the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service who assisted in the investigation.

"Finally our utmost gratitude to the entire Davidson County District Attorneys Office for their dedication, professionalism and tireless pursuit of justice. Special thanks to Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman, Assistant District Attorneys Katy Miller and Jan Norman, and Victim Witness Coordinator Susan Tucker Smith."

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