A Michigan woman convicted of attempting to hire an assassin through a website called “RentAHitman.com” to kill her ex-husband has been sentenced to between seven and 20 years in prison, according to local reports.
The website wasn’t real – and its owner sent 52-year-old South Rockford resident Wendy Lynn Wein’s request to state police instead of hitmen.
She was arrested in July 2020 and pleaded guilty to soliciting murder and using a computer to commit a crime on November 13, 2021.
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At her sentencing hearing on Thursday, she said she lost eight family members but wanted to take full responsibility for her crime, according to FOX 2 Detroit.
“I’m not looking for excuses,” she told the courtroom. “I just wanted you to know where my head was.”
Judge Daniel White said he considered both the seriousness of his crime and his mental health when determining a sentence.
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She will be given credit for the 545 days she has already spent behind bars.
Despite using a pseudonym, she listed real information at the bottom of her application, in which she accused the ex of stealing from her, authorities say.
A detective posed as a potential hitman, prosecutors said, and Wein paid her $200 as a deposit on what she believed was a $5,000 murder-for-hire.
The website’s California owner, Bob Innes, told KGO-TV last year that he developed it as a class project in 2005 and had been forwarding hitman requests to authorities for years. years.
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When he saw Wein’s message, he told the station, he posed as an assassin named “Guido Fanelli” and offered him a chance to get in touch with a “field operative.” “.
“She said, ‘Yes,'” he said. “So that’s when I contacted the Michigan State Police. That’s when they started their investigation.”