UPDATE: A woman who used Craigslist to try to hire someone to commit murder was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.Megan Schmidt, 23, of Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 20, 2013, guilty plea to one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire. The court plea agreement states, Schmidt admitted that two advertisements were posted on the website "Craigslist" from her Apple iPhone, soliciting for someone to do a "one time job." In response to the advertisements, multiple individuals contacted defendant by email, including an individual also from Dubuque. During an exchange of emails between Schmidt and this individual, Schmidt stated that she wanted a man killed. Eventually, using her cell phone, Schmidt called and spoke to a man in she thought was the individual she had emailed. However, Schmidt was actually talking to an undercover deputy from the Dubuque County Sheriff's office. During this phone call, Schmidt agreed to pay $10,000 to have a man killed. The undercover deputy then arranged to meet Schmidt at a location in Dubuque in order to see a picture of the man Schmidt wanted killed. Following this meeting, Schmidt was arrested. Schmidt was sentenced to 87 months in prison. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. Schmidt must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.There is no parole in the federal system.
ORIGINAL: DUBUQUE COUNTY, Iowa – A women has been arrested after police say she posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a hit man to kill her father.
An undercover officer responded to the ad and says Megan A. Schmidt, 23, of Dubuque County offered $10,000 in exchange for the murder of her father.
The officer says Schmidt provided a photograph of her father and repeatedly asked for the officer to kill him following their meeting.
Schmidt is facing charges of attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder.
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