Crime

Nampa woman plans to plead guilty in murder-for-hire case

Monique C. Martinez, accused of arranging with an undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman to kill her ex-husband, plans to plead guilty to a charge stemming from the case.

In a motion filed Monday, her attorney, federal public defender Mark Ackley, said Martinez plans to plead guilty to use of an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder for hire.

Martinez, 33, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge and was scheduled to go to trial May 11. A hearing for her to change her plea has not yet been scheduled.

If she does plead guilty, Martinez would face up to 10 years in prison.

Martinez is accused of using Facebook last September to contact an acquaintance in Los Angeles and asking the person to arrange a hit. Instead, the acquaintance notified police and cooperated in the investigation. Martinez spoke to the person several times on the phone and reiterated that she wanted her ex-husband killed, according to court documents.

Martinez initially said she wanted to take out the ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend, according to an FBI affidavit filed in court. She reportedly believed that the woman had called police and told them Martinez left her children at home unattended while Martinez and her boyfriend took a trip to Las Vegas.

Later, she allegedly found out that her ex-husband made the call, making him the target.

In October, Martinez reportedly met with a man she believed was a hit man but was the FBI agent. They spoke inside a car in a parking lot outside Karcher Mall in Nampa.

The man asked what she wanted to happen to her ex-husband, according to the affidavit. She said she wanted him “gone.”

The agent replied, “Gone. You mean dead?”

Martinez replied, “Yes, dead.”

She claimed her ex-husband had physically abused her in the early 2000s, the affidavit said. There is no record of anyone with her ex-husband’s name being arrested or convicted on assault charges in Idaho, according to online state court records.

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