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Two Missouri women sentenced to life in prison on murder for hire charges

June 18, 2012

St. Louis, MO - Elain Kay Young and Katherine A. Mock were each sentenced to life in prison on conspiracy charges, and murder-for-hire involving the murder of Young’s husband. Young and Mock planned and caused the murder of Young’s husband Melvin B. Griesbauer on March 23, 2006, so that Young could collect his insurance policies.

ELAIN KAY YOUNG, Novinger, MO; and KATHERINE A. MOCK, Cassville, MO, were convicted in March of one count each of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one felony count of murder for hire after a six-day trial before United States District Judge Henry Autrey.

This case was investigated by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Kirksville Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Tom Dittmeier, Michael Reilly and Patrick Judge prosecuted the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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