Orthodontist's Wife Gets Life in Prison For Husband's Murder

A New York City doctor and her cousin sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder.

Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova and her cousin, Mikhail Mallayev, were sentenced in Queens Tuesday.

Prosecutors said they plotted the killing of Borukhova's estranged husband. Orthodontist Daniel Malakov was gunned down in a park in front of the couple's 4-year-old daughter.

"I'll just repeat myself again and again -- I have nothing to do with this murder," Borukhova said when the judge allowed her to address the court.

The two were convicted last month of first-degree murder, among other charges.

Prosecutors say Borukhova was distraught over temporarily losing custody of their daughter. She hired her relative to kill Malakov for about $20,000 in October 2007.

Mallayev also was convicted of weapon possession.

"I didn't kill nobody in my life," he said. "And the accusation ... is based on lie. There is no evidence from day one until the end."

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