CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for using a Craigslist help-wanted ad to solicit someone to kill her father.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade gave 23-year-old Megan Schmidt of Dubuque an 87-month prison term Wednesday.
Schmidt pleaded guilty in November to using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.
In a plea agreement, Schmidt admitted that she posted Craigslist ads seeking someone to do a “one-time job” for $10,000. She later told a man who responded that she wanted her father dead and that it would be best to “either shoot or stab him because he is a bigger man.”
That man contacted authorities. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office then did an undercover operation that led to Schmidt's arrest.
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