Ramon Sosa first laid eyes on his second wife, Maria “Lulu,” in 2007, at a salsa club in Texas.

The divorced father of three was immediately attracted to Lulu and the pair eventually fell in love. Once they married in April of 2010, Lulu, who is from Mexico, received her green card and was able to remain in the U.S. permanently.

Sosa used the word “paradise” to describe their relationship to the Daily Mail:

“Nothing was too much trouble for Lulu who was a personal trainer. She would give me manicures, pedicures and foot rubs. She would rub oils onto my back and treat me to massages. It was paradise and my friends were jealous.”

Along with becoming man and wife, Lulu and Sosa became business partners, building a successful gym together during the first five years of their marriage.

However, things got rough for the couple in 2015 when their gym began to struggle. And when their business began to suffer, so did their relationship.

Nonetheless, Sosa told the Daily Mail, he remained hopeful:

“I thought we’d work through it. Then, out of the blue, Lulu said, ‘I want a divorce.'”

Unfortunately, because of their financial situation, neither of them had the means to move out, meaning Lulu, a mother of two, continued to live under the same roof as the man to whom she no longer wanted to be married.

That’s when Lulu allegedly devised a plan to kill Sosa by hiring a hitman:

“It was for financial reasons. The business was not as successful as it had been.”

As the Daily Mail reports, Lulu enlisted a man named Gustavo to kill off her husband in exchange for $2,000, but what she didn’t know was that Gustavo knew Sosa personally.

Sosa explained:

“Unwittingly, she had approached a guy called Gustavo, to see if he could organize the hit, without realizing we were friends. I knew him, because I’d coached him. He’d been in trouble in the past, but had turned his life around.

At first, when he called and said he needed to see me, because someone ‘wanted to kill me,’ I thought he was joking.”

He wasn’t kidding, and soon after, Sosa, Gustavo, and the local police banded together to help prove Lulu’s ill-intentions. Sosa recalled:

“After recording his meeting with her, where Gustavo pretended to know two hitmen, we took the tape to the police, who were shocked – but came up with a great plan.”

The Texas Rangers, with the FBI’s approval, then set up a fake murder scene. They made it appear as though Sosa had been shot in the temple and took a photo of him laying in a random, dirt-filled ditch.

The experience for Sosa was far from fun. He told the Daily Mail:

“Lying in the dirt, pretending to be dead, was terrifying. When I first met Lulu, I certainly didn’t expect our relationship to end like that.”

Sosa was then advised to stay hidden in a hotel room for three days with no contact with the outside world. An undercover cop disguised as a hitman then met Lulu to show her the photographs. Sosa said:

“She apparently laughed.”

The reaction hurt Sosa and left him filled with rage, he told Fox 26 in an interview.

In October 2016, Lulu pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Daily Mail reported.

While Sosa is grateful “justice has been served,” the whole ordeal left a lasting impact on him; he said he’ll “never be the same man again.”

And his advice for other people thinking about hiring a hitman to kill their spouse, according to Fox 26: just let the divorce take its course.

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