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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

kernal 10 months, 2 weeks 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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MacHeath 10 months, 2 weeks ago

There was a day that the Sheriff would have just visited her, told her that hiring a hit man probably wasn't a good idea, and that would have been the end of it.

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MacHeath 10 months, 2 weeks ago

My opinion is that she must have diminished mental capacity to think she could hire a hit man for that amount of money.

Glad they are going to put her in prison, she looks like a danger to society. Good thing Jefferson county law enforcement was on this one!

Actually, she looks scared to death. I bet her ex is more danger to society than she is. He probably found out she was asking around and ratted her out.

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lawrenceloser 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Sad. Another victim of our screwed up society.

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ontheright 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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eric poncharello 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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jane_doe 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Don Brennaman 10 months, 2 weeks ago

what happened to the policy of not reporting names until conviction?

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