A Republic woman allegedly offered a man half of a $50,000 life insurance policy to kill her husband.
State police said Roxanne Guty, 51, approached Norman Pennington, no age or address listed, in September, complaining about her husband Arthur Guty Jr.
She reportedly told Pennington, “You have killed people before,” and offered him half of a $50,000 life insurance policy if Pennington killed Arthur Guty.
Police said Pennington “thought she was joking and did not think about the conversation again.”
However, police alleged, Roxanne Guty approached Pennington again before Thanksgiving, asking him what kind of gun it would take to carry out a murder for hire. When he told her it would take a .22 caliber rifle that cost between $270 and $280, Roxanne Guty allegedly gave him $300 to buy the gun.
Police said Pennington didn’t buy the rifle and thought the request was “a joke.”
Before Christmas, police alleged, Roxanne Guty met with Pennington and gave him $700, telling him to buy his grandchildren something nice.
“She stated the money would not count toward the $25,000 she was going to pay him and he would still get the full amount (from the life insurance policy),” Trooper Jason Zanolli wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.
Police said after the holiday, Roxanne Guty gave Pennington another $1,000.
The alleged plot came undone Friday, police said, when Pennington was speaking to Arthur Guty and told him what had happened.
“(Pennington) had not planned on killing Arthur Guty and thought this had gone too far and decided to tell police about it,” Zanolli wrote.
Redstone Township police contacted state police Friday and asked them to take over the investigation.
Roxanne Guty was arraigned late Friday on two counts of solicitation to commit homicide and was committed to the Fayette County Prison.
Fayette County Magisterial District Judge Richard Kasunic denied her bail to protect Guty’s family and ordered Roxanne Guty have no contact with her husband.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12 at 1:30 p.m.