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Woman Gets 7-Year Term in Craigslist Murder Scheme

Created: 02/06/2014 10:54 AM KAALtv.com

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for using a Craigslist help wanted ad to solicit someone to kill her father.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade gave the 87-month prison term Wednesday to 23-year-old Megan Schmidt of Dubuque.

Schmidt pleaded guilty in November to using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

In a plea agreement, Schmidt admitted that she posted Craigslist ads seeking someone to do a "one-time job" for $10,000. She later told one man who responded that she wanted her father dead and it would be best to "either shoot or stab him because he is a bigger man."

That man contacted authorities. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office then conducted an undercover operation that led to Schmidt's arrest.

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2/6/2014 9:44:11 AM (GMT -6:00)