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Nampa Woman Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Using Interstate Commerce Facilities to Hire Someone to Kill Her Husband

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

BOISE – Monique Christine Martinez, 33, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 90 months in prison for use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Martinez to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of her prison sentence, and ordered that she have no contact with documented gang members or possess gang paraphernalia.  Martinez pleaded guilty to the charge on May 12, 2015.

According to court documents, Martinez contacted an individual by Facebook in California in order to hire someone to kill her current boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.  Several days later, Martinez changed her mind and decided to hire a hit man to kill her husband.  On October 17, 2014, Martinez met with an undercover FBI employee, whom she believed was a hit man. Martinez advised the undercover employee that she wanted her husband dead and provided $350 in U.S. currency and promised additional payment later in the week.  She provided the undercover employee with a hand written note, which contained her husband’s name, the address of his employment and the address of his mother’s home, where he was recently living.  Martinez showed the undercover employee photographs of her husband on her smartphone, provided his work schedule, described his tattoos, and described the vehicle he drove.  Martinez suggested that the best time to kill her husband was either as he got off work or when he was leaving his gym.  Martinez was arrested on October 22, 2014, at her residence in Nampa.

The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The Metro Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and the Idaho Department of Correction.

Updated February 4, 2016