Sentencing Handed Down in Murder for Hire Plot

Posted at 9:49 PM, Oct 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 05:44:50-04

MIDDLEBURG, FL. (AP) - A 71-year-old Florida woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for soliciting an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law.

Diana Reaves Costarakis pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit a capital felony in September. Prosecutors say she offered the detective $5,000 and gave him a $2,000 down-payment in the 2013 murder for hire plot. The Florida Times-Union reports, she was sentenced Wednesday.

Costarakis told police she wanted her daughter-in-law dead because she was a drunk and a bad mother to her 6-year-old granddaughter.

After the arrest, Angela Costarakis said she did not know why her mother-in-law would be so angry with her.

The police report said Diana Costarakis claimed her daughter-in-law was leaving her son and moving to Denver with her granddaughter. But Angela Costarakis said that wasn't true.