70 Year Old Utah Woman in Jail for Criminal Solicitation Hires a Hitman on Witness

A 70 year old Utah woman who was in jail for trying to have her ex-husband and his wife killed back in 2016 is facing new charges of criminal solicitation after again attempting to hire a hitman; This time however, the targets were the former hitman who was a witness to the case against her and an attorney in different case.

Criminal investment

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Linda Gillman (then 69 years old) of Herriman, Utah hired a handyman in 2016 to kill her ex-husband and his new wife. Gillman allegedly had a life insurance policy out on her ex-husband worth millions of dollars. Instead of carrying through with the plan, the hitman contacted the police who then arrested Gillman and charged her with criminal solicitation for murder.

Up to her old tricks

While already in jail for criminal solicitation, Gillman again tried to hire someone to commit murder for her. This time however, Gillman wanted her former hitman who was now a witness in the case taken out. Additionally, an attorney in an unrelated civil case was on Gillman’s hit list. Gillman had approached another inmate of the Salt Lake County Jail and offered to bail them out if they would complete the hits and destroy evidence in the case. Instead, the potential hitman (or hitwoman) went to authorities and Gillman was charged again with criminal solicitation.

Criminal solicitation

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Utah Code 76-4-203 states “An actor commits criminal solicitation if, with intent that a felony be committed, he solicits, requests, commands, offers to hire, or importunes another person to engage in specific conduct that under the circumstances as the actor believes them to be would be a felony or would cause the other person to be a party to the commission of a felony.” The penalties for criminal solicitation depend on the crime being solicited. In most cases, the penalties are one degree lower than the actual crime itself. In regards to criminal solicitation of a first degree felony that is “punishable by imprisonment for life without parole” such as murder, the penalty would also be a first degree felony.

Charges for Sneaking Drugs into Jail

When someone is arrested in Utah, they may attempt sneaking drugs into jail with them which could end in serious criminal charges.

Reasons for hiding drugs on a person

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There are multiple reasons why someone would decide to bring drugs with them upon an arrest. The offender may be an addict who is afraid or feels incapable of going any amount of time without a fix. Another reason is when an arrestee wants to limit the amount of criminal charges by not offering up evidence that could be used against them in court. When this occurs and someone is in possession of illegal drugs in the presence of a police officer, they may attempt to ditch the evidence or even hide it on their person to avoid it being found by law enforcement.

Failure or success at concealment of drugs

If someone is found to be attempting to conceal, destroy or otherwise get rid of drug evidence during an arrest, they could face obstruction of justice, which would then accompany the possession charge. If police to not discover the drugs and the offender is transported to the county jail still in possession of illegal contraband, once discovered they may face charges greater than if the drugs were found prior to transport.

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One degree higher than possession charge

Utah law does not permit offenders or visitors to bring illegal contraband anywhere inside or on the property of any jail, prison, or other correctional facility in Utah. Utah Code 58-37-8 states if a person is found to be “for the purpose of facilitating, arranging, or causing the transport, delivery, or distribution of [an illegal] substance . . . to an inmate or on the ground of any correctional facility . . . [they are] guilty of one degree more than the maximum penalty prescribed for that offense.” Whether hiding drugs to use while at jail or hiding them to keep criminal charges down, sneaking drugs into jail is never worth it. For more information on these charges or those leading to an arrest, contact a criminal defense attorney.

Thieves Watch Content of Trash Pick-up after Christmas for Targets

Many gifts were opened today leaving behind mountains of trash and recycled boxes leftover from pricey gifts. Unfortunately, these remains of happy Christmas mornings may cause some residents to become potential targets of post-Christmas thieves.

Trash content post-Christmas

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As the Christmas festivities wind down for many Utah residents and the presents have all been opened, there are some who are still in the market to return home with gifts. Regrettably, they do not plan on making legal purchases. Many law abiding residents unknowingly put themselves at risk of break-ins from these post-Christmas thieves. What is this common mistake that makes some become targets over others? It is simply placing evidence of gifts outside for all to see.

List of new inventory

Most of the new gadgets, televisions, gaming systems, and other expensive items given as gifts this year come in packaging meant to showcase the item that is found inside. Once these items are unboxed, the packaging goes out to the curb to be disposed of by the trash and recycle companies on the next designated “trash day”. Until then, anyone who is able to walk up and open a bin or just be within sight of the trash pile will know what special presents were opened on Christmas morning. By putting trash evidence of new expensive gifts outside, a family may as well post a list of their new inventory for any passer-by to see.

Keep them guessing

Utah residents should take precautions after Christmas by breaking down large noticeable boxes to fit more discretely in bins and even keeping any gift packaging locked up in a garage or shed until immediately before trash pickup. Trash and recyclable packaging may also be disposed of in a location away from a person’s place of residence. These tips will not deter all break-ins, but will at least keep many thieves guessing at what they may find if they do decide to illegally enter a home after Christmas.