Man who hired hit man to kill wife dies in prison

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Corrections Department says a 65-year-old Multnomah County inmate serving time for soliciting aggravated murder has died in an Eastern Oregon prison.

Corrections officials said Monday that Michael Kuhnhausen Sr. died Friday of natural causes in the Snake River Correctional Institution infirmary. The agency did not elaborate.

Kuhnhausen and his wife Susan were going through a divorce in 2006 when he hired a hit man to kill her.

The man surprised Susan Kuhnhausen in her Portland home and hit her in the head with a claw hammer.

But the nurse wrestled the hit man to the ground and choked him to death.

Portland police later gave Susan Kuhnhausen an award for "sheer determination."

The hit man had worked as a janitor under Michael Kuhnhausen at an adult book store.

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