Canyon County

Nampa woman pleads guilty to murder-for-hire charge

A Nampa woman accused of working with a undercover FBI agent acting as a hitman to kill her ex-husband pleaded guilty Wednesday, according to a release from U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho.

Monique Martinez, 33, had originally entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of using interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder for hire, according to the release.

Martinez was accused of using Facebook to reach out to a friend to request a hit on her former husband. But that person notified police instead. She targeted her former husband after finding out he reported to police that she left their children at home unattended while traveling to Las Vegas. She provided the FBI agent with $35, photos of her ex-husband and information about his possible location. She also provided a possible best time he could be killed, according to court documents.

She was arrested in Nampa on Oct. 22 at her resident, according to the release.

Martinez also claimed her former husband had physically abused her in the early 2000s, according to an FBI affidavit filed in court.

She will be sentenced on Aug. 5. She could face a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison, according to the release.