MI woman pleads guilty to trying to have her ex-husband killed by a hitman

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A Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to a solicitation to murder after being charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

A Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to a solicitation to murder after being charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

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A Michigan woman accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband has pleaded guilty to soliciting murder, media report.

Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, from South Rockford, Michigan, took to RentAHitman.com last year looking for someone to kill her ex-husband, Michigan police said.

But what she didn’t know was that the website – which claims to offer free consultations, features client reviews and says it has helped clients from “all walks of life,” including government, politicians and even children – was completely wrong.

After Wein filed a request with the website under a pseudonym, she met someone she believed to be from the company in a parking lot, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police.

This person was actually an undercover detective, who listened to Wein explain that she wanted her ex-husband dead and provided his home address, work address and work schedule, Fox 2 reported.

She also offered a payment of $ 5,000 and paid the detective $ 200 for travel expenses, according to the Michigan State Police statement.

Wein was arrested on July 21, 2020 and charged with solicitation to commit murder and unlawful use of a computer to facilitate the crime, the statement said.

She pleaded guilty to both counts on Nov. 12, Fox 2 reported. She will be sentenced on Jan. 13, 2022.

RentAHitman.com promotes itself as a “point-and-click solution” and claims to keep customer information private by complying with the Hitman Information Privacy & Protection Act of 1964 – a nod to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA.

“Not all of our competitor’s websites can say this and shouldn’t be trusted – Capisce! »Writes the false leader of the company, Guido Fanelli.

The website claims its “customizable solutions” to problems of all kinds, including bullying at school or work and troubled relationships that “you just wish they were gone”.

It also includes reviews from satisfied customers, like Phil M. of Florida, who says Guido and his team were able to “resolve a five-year dispute in days.”

Of course, none of the information on the website is real. The website is actually managed by Bob Innes, a man from Northern California who described himself to Rolling Stone magazine as “a computer scientist with a passion for the kitchen detective profession.”

Innes said he graduated from the Napa Valley Police Academy in 1999 with the intention of working in law enforcement, but was unable to find a job, which l ‘led to technology. He bought the RentAHitman domain name for $ 9.20 in 2005, not expecting anyone to take it seriously, and was surprised to find around 300 email inquiries for his services, a he told the magazine.

“I was like, you know, ‘No one is really going to bother that. No one is going to take it seriously,’ Innes told Rolling Stone. ‘It wasn’t my intention to set a trap for some people. . “

Innes told Michigan State Police that he believes the website could have prevented at least 130 murders because it forwarded all hired killer requests to law enforcement.

Wein could spend up to nine years in prison, Fox 2 reported.

This story was originally published November 22, 2021 at 12:59 pm.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.



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