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Estranged Wife Pleads Not Guilty To Hiring A Hitman

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2009

28 year old Christina Dent was arraigned yesterday on a charge of Solicitation of Murder for Hire. It’s a Class X felony with a possible sentence of 20 to 60 years in prison.

Dent was arrested last month after an undercover cop set up a meeting with her on the north side of Ottawa. The cop was acting like a hitman and after getting partial payment, he arrested Dent.

Prosecutors first heard about Dent’s plan when she approached a neighbor about hiring a hitman to kill her husband. Dent’s neighbor cooperated with police by having phone calls with Dent taped by police.

Dent was allegedly offering seven thousand dollars to kill her husband. She and her husband are separated and in the process of getting divorced.

Dent’s being held in the county jail on 500 thousand dollars bond.

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