Iowa Woman Sentenced After Trying To Hire Hit Man

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Sherrill woman has been given five years in prison, convicted of trying to hire someone to kill her ex-husband.

Elizabeth Behnke had been charged with attempted murder. Last month Behnke made an Alford plea to a charge of solicitation to commit murder. Under an Alford plea, the 45-year-old Behnke didn't admit guilt but agreed that evidence likely existed for a conviction.

Behnke was sentenced on Monday.

Authorities say Behnke had been wrangling with her ex-husband
over a child-custody issue. She was accused of trying to hire someone to break into his home and pour homemade poison into a jug of his milk.

The "hit man" was an undercover officer.

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