Rachael Leahy will spend the next 20 years in prison after attempting to hire a hitman to have her ex-husband killed or sold into sex slavery, according to WFLA. The plot to murder the ex-husband was put in place in order for Leahy to get back custody of her children.
In court testimony, Leahy's ex, David Leahy, claimed that his ex-wife was far from an ideal mother to her children: “She would tie them up with zip ties, lock them to their bed, lock them in closets. This was while I was away at work," David, who obtained full custody after discovering the continued abuse of his children, said. "I find out she’s locking them in the garage. She’s still tying them up."
Leahy was willing to pay $5,000 for a gun-for-hire to have her ex eliminated, but the hitman turned out to be an undercover cop. Video clips of Leahy's preferences for murder were presented to the jury as evidence: “Something that looks accidental. Like, I mean, if he was to drown, or he was to, I love fire, just like a fire thing where he’s caught in a fire,” she said. “I have all kinds of thoughts, like it would be great if somebody could, a group of people all in black and hoods and stuff would just throw him in a van and take him overseas and make them their man gimp…for the rest of their life."
“If you were to rig a car and it was to flip over, there’s no guarantees that he dies for that,” she continued. “I know it’s an absolute extreme. I’m not this sort of person but listen, I’ve been through hell…There is no other resolution than for him to be gone completely."
“She said she wants her kids back and she has played nice for too long," read an arrest report.
According to the Bradenton Herald, Leahy's lawyers attempted to argue that she is mentally ill, specifically calling in psychiatrists to diagnose her as having both PTSD and an adjustment disorder.
David now says following the incident he is on high alert: “We changed all the locks on the doors. We’ve got security cameras all over the house. Every time somebody hears a noise at night they’re jumping up…We know she has lots of other guy friends around, who knows what they’ll do."
Leahy offered an apology to her family but a judge was uninterested.
“I am so sorry to my kids. I am so sorry to this court,. I am so sorry to God and I want to apologize also to my ex-husband,” she said. “I would not do this over again. I don’t know what I was thinking at that time. I was not in my right mind, but I wouldn’t do it again. I wish I never thought that way…I wish I could take it all back."
“Ms. Leahy, there are consequences to one’s actions,” responded the judge.
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