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Wis. woman allegedly offered sex, $1,000 for fiance's murder

Jessica Strom, 33, has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide.
CBS affiliate WSAW

MERRILL, Wis. - Authorities on Monday charged a 33-year-old woman with plotting to kill her fiance, reports CBS affiliate WSAW. Jessica Strom allegedly offered a confidential informant sex and $1,000 to shoot her husband-to-be.

The station reports that Strom has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide for attempting to hire a man to kill her fiance, an attorney in Marathon County, Wis.

Court documents show that the Merrill, Wis. resident had been considering having the man killed for the last two years. She is jailed on a $250,000 cash bond.

The man Strom allegedly tried to hire was someone she had taken criminal justice courses with in the past, according to police reports. WSAW reports that after he initially refused, Strom allegedly told the informant that she would find someone else to do the job. They then met again and the man taped her conversation for police.

Strom allegedly offered the informant $1,000 and sex to shoot and kill her fiance at his law firm, even drawing a map of the business and providing information about neighbors' schedules, according to court documents.

She told the informant to walk in, shoot the man, and "go home," investigators said. Police say Strom told the informant to make it appear like he weighed more and to throw his shoes away after the shooting.

"I would do it but I'd be the first one they'd come after," Strom told the informant, according to the criminal complaint.

Strom was arrested at her home in Merrill and denied being serious about the request. She said she intended to call off the hit but was too busy, according to WSAW.

She is due in court March 12, where it will be determined whether the case will go to trial.