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Woman charged in murder-for-hire changes plea

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Elizabeth Stakelbeck pled guilty to solicitation to murder and trafficking in a controlled substance for Fentanyl and Methodone, Elizabeth Stakelbeck pled guilty to solicitation to murder and trafficking in a controlled substance for Fentanyl and Methodone,
Judge Mitch Perry speaking to Elizabeth Stakelbeck in court Tuesday. Judge Mitch Perry speaking to Elizabeth Stakelbeck in court Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A woman who authoritiessaid made arrangements to have her ex-husband and his new wife killed inexchange for money, drugs and sex changed her plea on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Stakelbeck pled guilty to solicitationto murder and trafficking in a controlled substance for Fentanyl and Methodone, the same charged she pled not guilty to on August 30, 2013.

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According to the FBI andLouisville Metro police, in August 2013 Stakelbeck made several phone calls andmet with an undercover agent she thought was a hit-man to arrange for themurders of her ex and his new wife.

In arecorded session the undercover agent told Stakelbeck he could make their deaths look like a murder-suicide so no one wouldsuspect her.

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Courtdocuments revealed Stakelbeck agreed to exchange money, drugs and sex forhaving the hit-man carry out the killings.

Themurders were never committed, but police said Stakelbeck delivered a large quantity of drugsas payment, whichshe gave the officer in their original containers with her name andaddress printed on the bottles.

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During Tuesday's proceedings Judge Mitch Perry recommended a sentence of 15 years in prison for Stakelbeck and she agreed not to ask for shock probation for 180 days. She wasalso ordered not to have any contact with her ex-husband or his new wife.

She is scheduled to return tocourt on Wednesday, May 28.

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