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Dubuque woman gets 7 years in murder-for-hire plot

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A Dubuque woman will spend more than seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 23-year-old Megan Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty on Nov. 20.

According to a release by the court, Schmidt placed two ads on Craigslist from her phone for someone to do a “one time job.”

Court officials say Schmidt received several responses to the ads, including one from someone in Dubuque.

In an exchange of emails, Schmidt told the person from Dubuque that she wanted a man killed.

Schmidt then called who she thought was the person she had been emailing, but it was instead an undercover Dubuque County sheriff's deputy.

Court officials say that during that phone call, Schmidt agreed to pay $10,000 to have a man killed.

A meeting was arranged in Dubuque, and Schmidt was arrested.

Schmidt was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and must serve a three-year term of supervised release when she's released from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
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