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The Michigan woman who tried to hire a hitman through a website to kill her ex-husband has been sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison.
Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, of South Rockford, pleaded guilty on November 12 to using the RentAHitman.com site to hire someone to whack her ex-husband and for using a computer to commit a crime in July 2020.
She was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison on Thursday and will be credited the 545 days she’s already spent in jail.
Wein’s former spouse, who was not identified, was never targeted because RentAHitman.com was set up by an IT professional in 2005 as part of a class project to snag people looking to hire contract killers.
Bob Innes, the owner behind the fake website, immediately contacted state police, who sent an undercover detective posing as a hitman to meet with Wein.
Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, of South Rockford, Michigan, was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison on Thursday for using a fake hitman website to take out her ex-husband
She used RentAHitman.com to attempt to murder her husband and wrote ‘I prefer not going to jail’
Wein showed remorse before her sentencing, and admitted she was struggling with the death of eight of her family members at the time.
‘I take full responsibility for my actions, and I hope a lesson is learned by my example,’ she said on Thursday. ‘I had no right to lash out at anyone, and in a manner of minutes I changed everyone’s lives.
Bob Innes created the website in 2005 as a class project and has helped authorities multiple times over the years
‘I’ve humiliated my family doing this,’ she continued. ‘I am not making excuses for myself. I simply wanted to let you know where my head was,’ she said on Thursday.
Wein had used a fake name to complete a service request on the site in July 2020, writing to Guido Fanelli that she wanted to have her ex-husband killed because he stole $20,000 from her.
‘I prefer not going to jail. Thank you for your time,’ she wrote after requesting a consultation to help her with an ‘issue.’
Fanelli is the alias Innes uses on the site, which has ensnared over a dozen others who have tried to use the website to hire a contract killer, Rolling Stone reported after Wein’s arrest last year.
Wein eventually met with the undercover detective and provided him information about her ex-husband before paying him a $200 down payment for the hit, while agreeing on a $5,000 total when the job was completed.
When filling out the request, she used her real name and was arrested later that day.
Source: Daily Mail