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Rhinelander woman accused of trying to hire hit man to kill her husband

Posted at 5:01 PM, Feb 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-18 18:01:43-05

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- A Rhinelander woman is accused of trying to hire someone to kill her husband.

The 27-year-old woman is in the Oneida County Jail on a possible charge of solicitation to commit first-degree intentional homicide.

WSAW-TV reports a tipster informed police about the woman's plan. The state Department of Justice, working undercover, set up a meeting with the woman. Police say the woman made a down payment to a state agent who was posing as hit man. The woman was to pay the balance following the death of her husband.

Investigators say the woman was willing to pay money and turn over personal property. A dollar amount was not revealed. Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says the woman's motivation was financial, specifically her husband's life insurance.