Local reports say that a Michigan woman convicted in attempting to hire an assassin using a site called RentAHitman.com was sentenced to seven- to twenty-years imprisonment.
The website wasn’t real – and its owner sent 52-year-old South Rockford resident Wendy Lynn Wein’s request to state police instead of hired killers.
In July 2020, she was taken into custody and plead guilty to the solicitation to murder and computer-based crime. She will be sentenced on November 13, 2021.
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At her sentencing hearing Thursday, she said she’d lost eight family members but wanted to take full responsibility for her crime, according to FOX 2 Detroit.
She said, “I’m not making excuses for myself,” to the courtroom. She said, “I just wanted you to know my thoughts.”
Judge Daniel White said he’d taken both the gravity of her crime and her mental health into consideration when deciding on a sentence.
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She will be given time-served credit for the 545 days she’s already spent behind bars.
Although she used a pseudonym she actually provided the necessary information to complete her request. She accused her ex of taking her money, authorities say.
According to prosecutors, the detective was posing as a hitman. Wein then paid $200 as down payment for what she believed would be $5,000 in murder-for hire.
The website’s California-based owner Bob Innes told KGO-TV last year that he developed it as a class project in 2005 and has been forwarding the hitman requests to authorities for years.
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When he saw Wein’s message, he told the station, he posed as an assassin named “Guido Fanelli” and offered her a chance to get in touch with a “field operative.”
He replied, “She said yes,” So, I called the Michigan State Police. This is when they began investigating.