Pamela Phillips pleads her innocence to the courtroom gallery prior to her being sentenced to natural life for 1st degree (count 2) murder and life with possibility of parole after 25 years have been served for conspiracy to commit murder (count 1) on Thursday, May 22, 2014 for murder of ex-husband Gary Triano.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Pamela Phillips will spend the remainder of her life in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields on Thursday sentenced Phillips to natural life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1996 murder of her ex-husband Gary Triano, a Tucson businessman.

She also was given 25 years to life for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Phillips professed her innocence at the sentencing Thursday morning, turning to the gallery to make her statements.

"I'm innocent! I'm innocent!" Phillips said. "This is a nightmare."

Phillips was found guilty in April of having Triano killed with pipe bomb, which exploded in his car in the parking lot of La Paloma.

Read more in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or On Twitter @pm929.