Beauty Queen Takes Plea Deal in Brutal Murder Case

Clayton Sandell reports the latest details in "Drop Dead Gorgeous Case."
1:43 | 01/27/13

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being called the drop dead gorgeous case, the woman who went from mechanic to beauty queen copping a plea to a brutal crime plotted with her ex-boyfriend to kill a man and abc's clayton sandell has the details. Reporter: Peggy sue thomas is a former beauty queen contestant caught up in an ugly murder. I'm not the woman that's been portrayed in the papers over the last few years. Reporter: The one-time navy airplane mechanic turned miss washington pleaded guilty thursday to helping former boyfriend james huden kill russell douglas. I would want to tell his family that I am so sorry for their loss. Reporter: Prosecutors believe thomas helped lure douglas to a remote area in 2003 so hudon could shoot him. The alleged motive murky. Prosecutors think it may have been a revenge murder. Hu. Done thinking he was abuing his wife and kids. We obtained what we believe is peggy thomas' fingerprint from the -- that connects her to the murder weapon. Reporter: He was convicted last summer of first degree murder. He is now serving 80 years. Thomas was also charged with murder and even though prosecutors admitted their case was largely circumstantial, thomas says she had no choice but to take a plea deal. My children are the most important thing to me and the thought of being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison and never being able to touch them or see my grandchildren in person was too big of a risk. Reporter: Thomas who once married a millionaire who ran horses in the kentucky derby will likely serve four years behind bars, a once plush life now headed to prison. For "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, denver.

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