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Dubuque woman pleads guilty in murder for hire plot


A Dubuque woman may spend up to 10 years in federal prison after she admitted to using the internet to have a man killed.

23-year-old Megan Schmidt made a guilty plea this week.  In the plea agreement, Schmidt admits that two ads were posted on Craigslist from her iPhone, looking for someone to do a "one time job."

During an exchange of emails between Schmidt and someone who replied, Schmidt said she wanted a man killed.  Schmidt also called and spoke to a man she thought was the same person she had emailed.  She was actually talking to an undercover deputy from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office. During the call, Schmidt agreed to pay $10,000 for the murder. The undercover deputy arranged to meet Schmidt in Dubuque, where she was arrested.

Schmidt faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and up to three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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