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Woman accused of trying to hire "hitman" to kill husband pleads guilty

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The woman accused of trying to have her ex-husband killed last August has accepted a plea deal.

Elizabeth Stakelbeck pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges of solicitation to murder and one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance. Under the terms of the deal, Stakelbeck faces a 15-year prison sentence. 

Stakelbeck allegedly tried to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill her ex-husband and his new wife. Police say Stakelbeck also threatened the life of their own child.

According to police, Stakelbeck and her ex-husband were involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle when she tried to have him killed.

Police say Stakelbeck told the undercover officer she would rather take her own child's life than allow her ex-husband to have custody.

A meeting with Stakelbeck and an FBI agent she believed was a "hitman" was set up on Aug. 19, 2013.  The agent says Stakelbeck tried to pay him with prescription narcotics that she delivered in the original container with her name and address on the bottle.

Stakelbeck is due back in court on May 28 for official sentencing.

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