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Suspect in murder-for-hire plot sentenced to 15 years

Elizabeth Stakelbeck Elizabeth Stakelbeck

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman who made arrangements to have her husband and his new wife killed in exchange for money, sex and prescription drugs was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

In March, Elizabeth Stakelbeck changed her plea from not guilty to guilty of solicitation to commit murder and trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to Louisville Metro Police and the FBI, in August 2013, Stakelbeck made several phone calls to and met with an undercover agent who she thought was a hit man to arrange the murders. In a recorded session, the undercover agent told Stakelbeck he could make the deaths look like a murder-suicide.

Court documents revealed Stakelbeck agreed to exchange money, drugs and sex for the murders. Police said Stakelbeck delivered to the agent a large quantity of fentanyl and methadone in their original containers with her name and address printed on the bottles.

In court on Wednesday, a tearful Stakelbeck told Judge Mitch Perry she was in a haze of drugs and mental illness when she committed the crime.

"I didn't know how to get off of the train wreck I was in," she said. "I don't know if it was real or if it wasn't real, but I was convinced in my mind that my child was in danger, and I felt like I had to do what I had to do to protect her."

Stakelbeck will be eligible for a shock probation hearing in November.

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