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Fla. woman allegedly tried to hire hit man to kill daughter-in-law

Oct. 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

MIDDLEBURG, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A 70-year-old Florida woman was jailed for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her daughter-in-law, police say.

Diana Reaves Costarakis of Middleburg is charged with criminal solicitation and criminal conspiracy, WOKV Radio, Jacksonville reported Friday.

A police report states Costarakis met multiple times with an undercover detective and offered to pay $5,000 if he would kill her daughter-in-law, Angela Costarakis, WOKV said. Diana Costarakis allegedly paid a down payment on the contract, and provided a photo and information about her daughter-in-law to the undercover officer.

Costarakis allegedly said her daughter-in-law was a drunk and had driven while intoxicated with Costarakis' 6-year-old granddaughter in the car. She also allegedly claimed the daughter-in-law wanted a divorce and planned to move to Denver with her boyfriend and the granddaughter.

The radio station said the undercover detective asked the suspect if she wanted her daughter-in-law killed, and Costarakis replied "If you don't do it, I will."

WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, reported Angela Costarakis said her mother-in-law apparently wanted her out of the way so she could have her son and granddaughter.

:The sad thing is I was shocked, but I wasn't surprised," Angela Costarakis said.

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