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Jefferson County woman charged in alleged murder-for-hire scheme

June 5, 2013

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Rebecca N. Burch

Rebecca N. Burch

A 42-year-old Jefferson County woman has been charged in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, accused of trying to trade her government assistance check for the killing of an ex-boyfriend.

Local law enforcement became aware of the plot Thursday, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig, when a witness reported that Rebecca N. Burch, of Lakeside Village, had tried to hire the witness to kill an ex-boyfriend. Herrig said the exact sum of money involved was unclear, but Burch had offered a government assistance check in payment.

Burch was arrested Friday after an undercover officer contacted her about the scheme, posing as a prospective contract killer while wearing a hidden recording device, Herrig said.

Burch was charged in Jefferson County District Court on Monday with solicitation of first-degree murder and held in the county jail with bond set at $150,000. If convicted, she could face a prison sentence between 55 months and 20 years, depending on her criminal history.

Burch is scheduled to appear in court again on June 12.

Comments

eric poncharello 1 year, 6 months ago

Seriously? Really? Sounds like Jeff. Co. Authorities are looking for something to do.

Phoghorn 1 year, 6 months ago

Murder for hire seems like a pretty serious deal. Glad they were on top of this one. Much more serious then someone smoking a joint in their living room if you ask me.

Shirley Brandt 1 year, 6 months ago

Ironhawk62, If you were the ex boyfriend you might feel differently. Seriously.

ontheright 1 year, 6 months ago

Appears she didn't really need that govt check after all!

Maracas 1 year, 6 months ago

You'd think her mental competency would be an issue.

otto 1 year, 6 months ago

You sure we're not victims of her screwing up our society.

kernal 1 year, 6 months ago

Would not be surprised if that government assistance check is for deminished capacity. She should have had a case worker. Oh, wait! Everyone is supposed to take care of themselves, regardless of their ability to do so. After all, we certainly don't want to be a nanny state.

An analysis of the cost of her being sent to prison, versus the cost of a case worker might be interesting. I don't know what case workers, who still have their jobs, are being paid these days.

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