Dubuque Woman To Serve Seven Years In Murder For Hire Scheme

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A Dubuque woman who attempted to hire someone to commit murder using "Craigslist" was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison.

Megan Schmidt, 23, pleaded guilty to one court of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire Nov. 20, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, Schmidt admitted she posted two ads on “Craigslist” from her cell phone June 22 and and 23, 2013 soliciting someone to do a “one time job.” The first ad was removed from the website but then she posted the other one. In response to the ad, multiple individuals contacted her by email, including an individual, "M.T.," also from Dubuque.

Schmidt asked him what he wouldn't do for "that amount of money so I know if we are on the same page."

M.T. replied "just about anything."

Schmidt said she wanted a man dead and suggests M.T. should shoot or stab him.

The plea agreement didn't identify the man Schmidt wanted to have killed.

M.T. then contacted law enforcement and provided them with her cell number and copies of the emails they had exchanged.

Later that day, a Dubuque Sheriff's deputy posing as M.T. left a voice mail for her and she called him back and solicited him to kill this man. She agreed to pay him $10,000. The undercover deputy then arranged to meet Schmidt at a hotel in Dubuque and Schmidt was arrested.

Schmidt was also ordered to serve a three year term of supervised release from prison following her prison time.
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