How Not to Get Off on Hit Man Charges: Hire More Hit Men

Utah woman accused of trying to hire hit men at least 3 times, twice from jail
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2018 7:27 AM CDT

The third time was (thankfully for all involved) not a charm for a Utah woman accused of trying to hire hit men on multiple occasions to take out various people. Per KSL, Linda Tracy Gillman, 70, was convicted Friday of felony criminal solicitation for trying to have her ex-husband and his new wife murdered, but, as the Washington Post notes, from there "it gets complicated." Gillman was first arrested in December 2016 and accused of giving her condo's handyman, Christian Olsen, $5,000—with the promise of $100,000 more—to find someone to off her ex and his wife so Gillman could collect on his life insurance. Olsen went to the cops instead, but while in jail awaiting trial, Gillman allegedly approached an inmate in early 2017, called herself "the bank," and asked if the inmate could have Olsen killed (those obstruction of justice charges against Gillman were dismissed due to witness issues).

The third set of charges was announced Friday, the same day she was found guilty in the case involving her ex. Gillman now is accused of approaching yet another inmate just a few weeks ago, allegedly trying once more to have Olsen killed, as well as an attorney who'd won a civil action against her. The Salt Lake Tribune lays out more details, including Gillman's defense that she was an elderly woman taken advantage of by Olsen, and that her ex had tried to poison her food and toothpaste, which apparently didn't sway the jury. Added to Gillman's list of charges Friday: two more counts of criminal solicitation and two more counts of obstruction of justice. Bail on the new charges has been set at $2.5 million; a sentencing hearing for Gillman is set for April 23, with five years to life in prison on the table. "I've never seen anything like it," Salt Lake City DA Sim Gill says, per KSL. (A New Hampshire woman is accused of a gruesome body-disposal plan.)

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