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Ex-TV chef Juan-Carlos Cruz was sentenced to nine years in prison on a charge of soliciting homeless men to kill his wife, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors had dropped a charge of attempted murder after he pleaded no contest in October.

Former TV Chef pleads no contest to plot to kill wife

The former Food Network host was arrested by Santa Monica, Calif., police after two homeless men told them that Cruz wanted to hire them to kill his wife, Jennifer Campbell.

The 48-year-old hosted Calorie Commando from 2004 to 2006.

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Cruz, who is expected to serve half of the nine-year term, smiled and winked at his wife — who was seated in the front row of the courtroom — during Monday's sentencing appearance, the AP reported.