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Milan woman charged in federal court after trying to hire a hitman to kill her former son-in-law
A Milan woman was charged in federal court with one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.
Sandra Haughawout, 70, was charged via a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court.
Haughawout in May attempted to locate a hire a hitman to kill her former son-in-law. She was willing to pay up to $10,000 to have her former son-in-law killed, according to court documents.
On May 30, an undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman met with Haughawout in Milan. Haughawout said her daughter was having a dispute with the former son-in-law over custody of the children, according to court documents.
Haughawout said she would pay $8,000 up front and an additional $2,000 when the “deed” was done. Haughawout stated the code would be that the undercover agent “had the dog put down,” according to court documents.
Haughawout then has the undercover agent follow her as she identified the former son-in-law’s home and workplace, according to court documents
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Date Published: September 20, 2018