Tyler woman sentenced to 18 years for plotting to kill father

UPDATE: April Rhoten, 18, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder late Wednesday afternoon. The maximum sentence she could've received for the crime was 20 years. The trial for her boyfriend, James Neal Perkins, is scheduled to begin next week.

A Tyler woman has been found guilty of plotting to kill her father. April Rhoten, 18, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder by a jury in Judge Jack Skeen's court after about fifteen minutes of deliberation Wednesday.

The pair were arrested in March 2008 after the murder plot against Dennis Rhoten, April's adopted father, was discovered. April reportedly did research in preparation for the crime in the Robert E. Lee High School library, where she attended classes.

April originally said that she had been abused by her father, and that was why she wanted to have him killed. Police believed that she was lying, and she eventually told investigators that she was angry with her father because he wouldn't let her see Perkins and wouldn't let her live on her own.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com