A New Jersey woman has been hit with federal charges of murder for hire case after purportedly hiring someone to kill her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend. The 42-year-old woman, a mother of two, is free on a $1 million bond. As she prepares her criminal defense, she is said to be engaging in plea negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities claim the investigation included an undercover federal agent who posed as a hit man last October. She approached the agent and asked him to kill the woman in question. After she supposedly agreed to pay $10,000 to the agent for the murder, she was arrested.

In addition to the $1 million bail, which was set earlier this month, the woman has since been released to home confinement with no visitors or outside communication allowed. In addition, she is facing 24-hour electronic monitoring and receiving mental health treatment. While the charges seem severe, the fact that she has been given mental health treatment in order to cope through this difficult period may indicate that there are emotional issues underlying the case that may affect how her criminal defense proceeds.

For the New Jersey woman, the charges that she faces can have serious implications for both her and her children, as she is no doubt aware. At this time, the details of the ongoing plea negotiations are not known. However, knowing that the woman was recently released on bail may suggest that there is a serious effort to resolve the pending federal charges. Nevertheless, the hope is that the woman will consult with her attorney in order to determine whether or not it is in her best interests to accept any plea bargains put forward.

Source: The Republic, “Northern NJ woman charged in murder-for-hire scheme free on bail,” May 3, 2012