Marie Antoinette Leary pleads guilty trying to hire hit man for $2,500 to kill witnesses set to testify against her son; gets 20 years

December 10, 2017


Marie Antoinette Leary, 44, formerly of the 3500 block of Woodburne Drive, near Chimney Hill,  has pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation to commit murder.  


As a result, Judge William R. O'Brien sentenced her to 20 years in the Department of Corrections, with 10 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve.


The court actions were announced recently by Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney Colin D. Stolle.


Had this matter had gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proved that on May 27, 2017, the defendant's son had a pending murder charge in Virginia Beach. 


Many of her son's co-conspirators had cooperated with the Commonwealth and were prepared to testify against the defendant's son at the trial. 


The defendant made known her desire to have these witnesses killed. 


Virginia Beach Special Investigations became involved and an undercover agent posed as a hit man, to whom the defendant reached out. 


The defendant met with the agent at an oceanfront hotel and said that she would pay $2,500 to have her son's co-defendants murdered. 


She said that she was willing to "trade my soul with the devil" and the she "lived my life; I am protecting my baby." 


When inquiry was made about the specific action, she wanted the undercover agent to take, she responded, "A flat person can't talk; I don't want this s--- coming back." 


She was taken into custody in the hotel parking lot after agreeing to this contract with the undercover agent. 


Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Scott M. Lang and James S. Panagis prosecuted this case. 

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