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Dubuque woman admits to murder-for-hire scheme

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Megan Schmidt police booking photo used with permission from Dubuque Telegraph Herald

A Dubuque, Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill her father.

Megan Schmidt, 23, was charged in June, 2013 after she posted an ad on Craigslist offering to pay $10,000 for a “one time job.”

Prosecutors said Schmidt was unaware that a man who responded to her ad was actually an undercover sheriff’s deputy.  The deputy contacted Schmidt by email and later by phone about the ad, and she confirmed she would pay $10,000 to have her father killed.

The deputy later met Schmidt in Dubuque, where she was arrested.

A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Sean Berry said Schmidt pleaded guilty and was convicted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

A sentencing date was not yet set.  Schmidt faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Schmidt remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.