PAINESVILLE, Ohio - A jury found a northeast Ohio woman guilty of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband for $50,000.
Lake County Common Pleas Judge Lucci said Christine Metter was convicted Thursday of one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. She could receive a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Metter was arrested on the charge June 3, 2011.
Eastlake police said she was chatting over the Internet with a friend from high school and brought up that she was upset about issues with her ex and said in jest that "a hit man should be hired to take care of the problem."
A short time later, Metter asked for this friend to call her and then set up a dinner meeting with him, including her father, Al Zombory, according to police.
When they met in person, police said Zombory told the friend he wanted his son-in-law to be killed. During this meeting, a price of $50,000 was allegedly agreed upon for the deed, and the friend later notified Zombory a man was contracted to make the kill.
It turns out, Metter's high school friend was a confidential information for the police and let the department know about the situation on Friday, May 27. The person contracted to kill Metter's ex was an undercover police officer from the Eastlake Police Department.
As a precaution, police in Eastlake notified the target's local police department in Georgia to ensure his safety.
The undercover officer and informant met with Zombory to go over all of the arrangements, putting the contract into motion, police said.
"A number of times Mr. Zombory was asked if he wanted to go through with this and he responded yes each time," the news release said.
On the day of their arrest, police said Zombory and Metter met with the undercover officer, who showed them a photo of the ex, which was doctored to make it appear that he was dead. The undercover officer was then given the final payment as agreed.
Metter's sentencing is scheduled for March 1 at 2:45 p.m. Her father has yet to go on trial on his charge, which was the same as Metter's.