A once-wealthy Italian socialite who ordered the killing of her former husband and heir to the Gucci fashion fortune, Maurizio Gucci, has been released from prison after 16 years. Patrizia Reggiani, whose trial transfixed Italy with details of her ostentatious lifestyle and vindictive plot, was hired after her release yesterday as a fashion consultant by the high-end jewellery chain Bozart. "I think she could be our style consultant and maybe advise us on supplies and window displays," Alessandra Brunero, who runs Bozart with her husband Maurizio Manca, said. "We are very happy to be able to help her." Reggiani rejected a chance at parole in 2011, saying she would rather stay in jail than get a job, as required. "I've never worked in my life and I'm certainly not going to start now," she said. She was sentenced to 26 years in prison and once tried to commit suicide with a sheet in 2000. Gucci had left Reggiani for a younger woman in the 1980s. Reggiani was later diagnosed with a brain tumour. Reggiani paid a hitman to gun Gucci down outside his luxury home in Milan city centre in 1995.