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New Jersey woman arrested for trying to hire a hit man

Nicole Faccenda quote from a wire recording
WCBS
(CBS/AP/WCBS) Lyndhurst, N.J. - A New Jersey woman is accused of attempting to hire a hit man to kill her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend.

Nicole Faccenda, 42, was arrested after the hit man turned out to be an undercover agent. Law enforcement officials said that she asked a friend in Florida to find someone to carry out the hit, but the friend called the police.

Faccenda said she had taken precautions to avoid being set up after watching several Lifetime Network movies. It was decided that the new girlfriend would be shot in the head and that the cost would be around $10,000, said CBS station WCBS.

She had already paid the undercover investigator a $2,000 down payment. She also told her friend that she had decided on what to wear to the funeral.

The official complaint said Faccenda was recorded on a wire saying she will "piss on the (victim's girlfriend's) grave, go to her funeral and spit on the casket, and be happy when the girlfriend is buried and six feet under."

John Bruno, Faccenda's attorney, said their client is not a killer. "She felt she was being scammed, there were parts of it she didn't think were ever real," he explains. "She's in shock right now. This was never something that registered as being a reality."

Faccenda pleaded not guilty to using the mails and facilities of commerce with the intent that a murder be committed for payment.

If convicted, Faccenda faces a $250,000 fine and up to ten years in prison.

  • Crimesider Staff

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