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Two Idaho farmer sisters described as “super nice ladies” are accused of cooking up a murder-for-hire plot targeting their neighbor.
Siblings Debra Wensman, 50, and Doris Wensman, 46, allegedly tried and failed to hire an oil delivery man who visited their Greencreek farm to murder their neighbor, The Lewiston Tribune ports.
According to a probable cause affidavit cited by the Associated Press, the Wensmans approached Ryan Mader, who was delivering fuel oil to their property on Tuesday. After initially accusing him of stalking them, the sisters offered him money, guns and ammunition to murder their neighbor Ed Stubbers, according to court documents.
Mader didn’t accept the job offer; he called the local sheriff's office instead.
Idaho County Det. Brian Hewson said a deputy dressed in plainclothes approached the sisters on Thursday, equipped with a digital transmitter and the women made a similar offer to him, according to the Lewiston Tribune.
It’s not clear why the pair allegedly wanted their neighbor dead.
However, Sheriff Doug Giddings told The Daily Beast that they may have thought people wanted to take their property away from them.
“Whether they were really being harassed or not, I don’t know,” he said.
A former neighbor, not the one they allegedly wanted to have killed, said the sisters had a hard life but were also hard-working people.
“They just ran a simple ranch and a simple farm. Every time I met them, they were super-nice people,” Sheila Bowles-Arnzen told the Daily Beast.
Each sister has been charged with a felony for allegedly trying to solicit someone to commit murder, the Lewiston Tribune reports.
They have not yet had the opportunity to enter a plea in court and they are due in court on Feb. 8. The siblings are each being held on a $100,000 bond.
[Photos: Idaho County Sheriff's Office]
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