NBC 5 News/Plano Police
Vicky Renee Miller has been convicted of attempted murder. Prosecutors say she tried to strangle and beat her former fiance, Paul Wayne Key, to death when he tried to break up with her.
A North Texas jury took less than three hours to find a Plano woman guilty of attempted murder, then sentence her to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The jury took less than half an hour to hand down the maximum penalty for the second-degree felony conviction.
Vicky Renee Miller's former fiance testified that she tried to kill him with an extension cord and frying pan.
Jurors also determined that a deadly weapon was used in the attack. Miller is awaiting sentencing for the second-degree felony charge.
Paul Key testified that Miller, her son, Francisco Hurtado, and family friend Dunkan Boyce tried to kill him when he went to her house in November 2011 to collect his belongings.
He had broken up with Miller earlier in the week and planned to cut off financial support.
When he sat down on Miller's couch, he was strangled with an extension cord and soon after, hit over the head by a kitchen pan, Key said.
Plano police originally arrested Key after Miller, Hurtado and Boyce told officers that Key had assaulted her. The story soon fell apart, and the three were arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Key testified that he met Miller while she was working as a dancer at a Dallas topless bar and proposed marriage within 30 minutes of meeting.
He said he provided her with thousands of dollars over three or four years, paying for cars, education and a down payment for a home.
Prosecutors told the jury that Miller "cleaned [Key] out."
Hurtado and Boyce are both waiting for trial dates in their own cases.
Miller is facing a separate charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. No trial date has been set.
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