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Kansas man pleads guilty to Missouri murder for hire scheme

3:02 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - A northeastern Kansas man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting he tried to hire someone to kill his wife.

Thirty-eight-year-old Lee Smith, of Basehor, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., where the plot was hatched earlier this year.

Smith admitted contacting a Kansas City man on May 9 and offering him $1,500 to kill his wife when she arrived at her workplace in Overland Park, Kan.

The man instead called Kansas City police and pretended to go through with the plot, telling Smith the deed had been done and demanding payment.

Smith was arrested when police asked to meet with him to deliver some news about his wife.

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