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Shock probation denied for woman who tried to have husband killed

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has denied shock probation for a woman accused of trying to hire someone to kill her ex-husband and his wife.

Elizabeth Stakelbeck pleaded guilty in March of 2014 to two charges of solicitation to murder and one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance. Under the terms of the deal, Stakelbeck accepted a 15-year prison sentence. 

She applied for shock probation on Jan. 20. Judge Mitch Perry denied the request and ordered Stakelbeck to serve out her sentence. 

Stakelbeck tried to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill her ex-husband and his new wife in 2013. Police say Stakelbeck also threatened the life of her own child.

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.

During her sentencing hearing in May of 2014, Stakelbeck choked back tears as she recalled the person she was at the time of her arrest, saying she was a "train wreck." She said she was at a low point in her life, and struggling with drug addiction.

"I became something I didn't recognize," she said. "I never thought that I would be capable of something as horrible as what I did."

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