Crime

Nampa woman sent to prison for ordering hit on estranged husband

A woman who arranged last year to have her husband killed through a man who turned out to be an FBI agent will spend seven and a half years in federal prison.

Monique C. Martinez, 33, was sentenced Wednesday, after earlier pleading guilty to use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder for hire. She faced up to 10 years in prison.

In imposing three years of supervised release after Martinez leaves prison, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered that she not have contact with gang members or possess any gang paraphernalia.

Martinez originally planned to arrange the murder of the ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend. She believed 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 learned her husband made the call, making him the target.

Martinez contacted an acquaintance in Los Angeles last Sept. 22 through Facebook, asking that person to arrange a hit. The informant notified police and cooperated in the investigation. Over the next few weeks, Martinez spoke to that person several times on the phone and reiterated that she wanted her husband killed, according to court documents.

In October, Martinez met with a man she believed was a hit man, but he was actually an undercover 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 husband. She said she wanted him "gone."

The agent replied, "Gone. You mean dead?"

Martinez replied, "Yes, dead."

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

Martinez reportedly told the agent that she had an uncle who was going to kill her husband, but he was killed in prison before he could carry out the slaying. She said she preferred that her husband's body not turn up and that he become a missing person.

The affidavit states that she gave the agent $350 for expenses and promised more for the slaying after she got paid from her job and received money on her birthday.

She also provided a hand-written note listing her husband's name, his work address and the address of his mother, where he had been staying recently. She showed the agent photos of the man from her phone and described his tattoos, the affidavit said.

The agent asked her when was the best time to kill her ex-husband, and Martinez told him either when he got off work or when he left the gym.

Martinez asked the agent how long it would take to get the job done, and he said it depended on how long it took to locate the man.

She reportedly told the agent that she planned to take out a protection order against her husband "to make it look good."

The agent told her that after the murder he would text "666" to a disposable phone Martinez allegedly bought.

The husband filed for divorce in November, a month after the criminal complaint was filed. Martinez did not respond to the summons in the divorce case and Ada County Magistrate Laurie Fortier signed a default judgment in February.

The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force.

The task force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Boise Police Department; the Ada County Sheriff’s Office; the Caldwell Police Department; the Nampa Police Department; the Meridian Police Department; the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and the Idaho Department of Correction.

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