TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who admitted she tried to hire a hit man to kill her daughter's ex-boyfriend was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday.
Denise Nagrodski, 52, will have to serve at least 8 1/2 years of the sentence imposed in Superior Court in New Jersey's Warren County.
Nagrodski, of Easton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in June to attempted murder and murder conspiracy.
She was arrested last November after she met with an undercover New Jersey State Police detective posing as a hit man.
Prosecutors said she told the trooper that her daughter's ex-boyfriend was abusive and had caused her daughter to have a miscarriage when she was expecting twins. They said she also told the detective to "burn him alive" and to kill the ex-boyfriend's sister and her boyfriend.
Authorities also said Nagrodski initially requested that the sister and her boyfriend be shot twice in the head, but eventually agreed that the hit man would "bash in" their heads and set their house on fire because she could not provide him with a gun.
Nagrodski allegedly paid the detective two payments of $500 each, gave him photos of the intended victims and drew a map to the house where they lived in Bound Brook, Somerset County. Both meetings with the detective at the Phillipsburg Mall were secretly recorded.
New Jersey State Police had been alerted in October 2014 by New York Police Department Intelligence about Nagrodski's plans.
"If Nagrodski had succeeded in her gruesome plot, three people would have been murdered in horrific fashion," said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman. "This investigation didn't just serve justice — it saved lives."