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Ex 'Food Network' Host Pleads Over Attempted Murder

10/26/2010 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz just copped a plea in the plot to have 3 homeless guys kill his wife. 

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TMZ broke the story ... Cruz cut a deal with the prosecutors.  He pled no contest to solicitation of murder.

Sentencing is set for December 13.  Cruz's wife, Jennifer Campbell, wants to address the court before sentencing.

As TMZ first reported, Cruz has agreed to accept 9 years in prison.  Ultimately, however, it's in the hands of the judge.

Also, when Cruz exited the courtroom he blew a kiss to his wife and both had a big smile on their face.

UPDATE:  TMZ has obtained legal docs in the case, which confirm TMZ's earlier story that Cruz has agreed to a 9 year prison sentence.

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.:Loki4Ever:.    

Wait.. is his lawyer Lindsay Lohans??? Fame/Media whore?!

1369 days ago
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Superman    

Is she the new Johnny Cochrane getting all the celeb nutjob cases?

1369 days ago
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mjfan212    

is that lilos lawyer?

1369 days ago
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D    

That's what I thought too, looks like Shawn Chapman Holley. She must be the new "it" atty for the rich n famous.

1369 days ago
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Jay    

Yep it is her. She reps many celebs since it seems to be quite the lucrative business these days lol.

1369 days ago
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Christina G.    

That is one strange marriage.

1369 days ago
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Christian    

Ummmm why would the wife be smiling back at her husband while he's exiting the courtroom, knowing he was trying to have her killed??????

1369 days ago
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Chun LI    

She must be the cheapest celeb lawyer

1369 days ago
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Joao    


He AGREED to ACCEPT.

...did I read that right? He put a contract out on his wife to have her KILLED so the court made a deal with him... to cut him a break, because after all he is a celebirty and it wasn't like she actual murder. Plus, his wife, with a history of severe depression, say she understands, and they are still friends. Why it just didn't seem fair.

You do realize that even if he gets nine year, he'll at most do two.

Another chapter of California Justice, Court(ing) to the Stars

1369 days ago
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Lemonade    

There is no such thing as justice in LA. LA has a long, sordid criminal history that authorities mostly turn a blind eye to - especially when it involves murdered women.

1369 days ago
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Trying     

Hey is that Lindsay's Lawyer sitting beside him?

1368 days ago
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Tommy Holmgren    

You have to know the whole story. There is a lot more to this than meets the eye. I have been told that it is more of a Romeo and Juliet story that just someone that wanted to kill his wife.

1355 days ago
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1313 days ago

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