Scorned ex-wife, 27, gets just six years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband’s mom and five-year-old daughter because she ‘wanted to spend more time with him’
- Elsy Rodriguez-Garcia, 27, pleaded guilty in a New York court on Thursday
- She will be sentenced to two to six years in prison as part of the plea deal
- Rodriguez-Garcia separated from her husband in January 2019
- He was visiting Ecuador in the summer of 2019 and she arranged a hit
- Rodriguez-Garcia wanted his mother and his five-year-old daughter to be killed
- She hoped that he would spend more time with her, without his mother around
- He learnt of her scheme and tipped off police back in New York
- They sent photos as ‘proof’ of the murders; she agreed to pay $6,000 for the hit
- Rodriguez-Garcia was arrested in July 2019
A New York woman has pleaded guilty to hiring a hitman in Ecuador to kill her ex-husband’s mother and his five-year-old daughter, in the hope that he would then spend more time with her.
Elsy Rodriguez-Garcia, 27, from Huntington Station on Long Island, admitted arranging the hit on Thursday.
As part of the deal, she pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the second degree, a class B felony, and will be sentenced to between two and six years in prison on April 15.
Elsy Rodriguez-Garcia, 27, plead guilty on Thursday to arranging the murder of her ex-inlaws
She was arrested in July 2019 (pictured) after police were tipped off about her scheme
Timothy Sini, the Suffolk County district attorney, is seen discussing the case on Thursday
Rodriguez-Garcia, who worked in a pediatrician’s office, separated from her unnamed husband, and the father of one of her children, in January 2019.
He was spending time in Ecuador and so that summer Rodriguez-Garcia concocted a plan to try and win him back.
She contacted a hit man in Ecuador, asking that he kill her ex-mother in law, and her ex-husband’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Timothy Sini, the Suffolk County district attorney, said that it was part of a warped plan to enable Rodriguez-Garcia to spend more time with him, without the distractions of his family.
Rodriguez-Garcia, he said, arranged the hits in Ecuador because she calculated she had less chance of being found out.
‘This is a shocking and disturbing case,’ Sini said.
‘The defendant’s intentions were very clear that she wanted this person murdered, and she was ready and willing to pay for it. Thankfully law enforcement was notified and able to intervene before anyone got hurt, and today’s guilty plea ensures she is held accountable.’
Rodriguez-Garcia will be sentenced to between two and six years as part of a plea deal
Sini said that in July 2019, Rodriguez-Garcia contacted a co-conspirator via WhatsApp to carry out the murders, and provided photographs of one of the targets.
Rodriguez-Garcia gave them the address and agreed to pay $6,000 for their murder.
Her former husband learned of Rodriguez-Garcia’s scheme, and tipped off police.
The police then faked a photo of what appeared to be the ex-mother-in-law and little girl dead, and sent it to Rodriguez-Garcia as proof that the murders had been carried out.
Rodriguez-Garcia was arrested on July 13.
‘This plea brings closure to a tragic case for all involved, including my client,’ said her lawyer, William Ferro, in a statement.
‘The plea and the resultant time she has served for it should be sufficient to satisfy the interests of justice.’