Wife to ‘hit man’: Shoot husband in chest

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — “You an undercover cop?”

“Do I look like an undercover cop?”

“You never f****** know nowadays.”

That’s how two Ravenna sisters started a conversation with the “hit man” they tried to hire to murder one of their husbands.

That so-called hit man was, in fact, an undercover Michigan State Police officer — and he had a hidden video camera rolling as they discussed plans for murder.

The sisters, Diane Hart and Vickie Brill, were caught in November 2013 trying to contract a the officer to murder Hart’s husband.

Left to right: Vickie Lynn Brill, 50, and 45-year-old Diane Marie Hart. (November 2013)
Left to right: Vickie Lynn Brill, 50, and 45-year-old Diane Marie Hart. (November 2013)

Hart’s husband had been told by his brother-in-law that the sisters wanted to have him killed.

“He’s going to be there by himself tonight?” the undercover video, obtained by 24 Hour News 8, shows the undercover officer ask.

Hart replied, “Well, I’ll be home.”

Her sister added, “We’re all gonna be there because we don’t have anywhere to go.”

The three talked about leaving the side door to the garage unlocked so the “hit man” could get in. Then Hart suggested that he could make some noise to lure her husband out.

“You want me to wait ’til he comes out to the garage and get him in there?” the officer asked.

Hart replied, “Yeah, ’cause I have my grandson in the house.”

The conversation then turned to how the murder was supposed to happen.

Undercover officer: “You’re his wife. How do you want this to go? You want it to be quick, you want me to just shoot him?
Hart: “Not up here.” (referring to her husband’s head)
Brill: “He is going to be cremated.”
Hart: “Yeah, but if I go out there to get a gallon of milk, I would rather see him shot in the chest.”

The undercover police officer explained to the sisters that shooting Hart’s husband in the head would be quicker.

Undercover officer: “So chest or head: What would you rather me do?”
Hart: “Whatever is easier for you.”

They agree on a price of $5,000, which Hart would pay to the hit man later. They offered jewelry as a down payment.

Undercover officer: “When we leave this van, I mean, it’ done. I consider this done. This is going to happen. You guys cool with that?
Hart: “Yup.”

Monday, one of the sisters was sentenced for her part in the hit man plot. Diane Marie Hart was sentenced to 6 to 30 years in prison.

Hart pled no contest to solicitation of murder in early April. Her sister Vickie Lynn Brill pleaded no contest to the same charge in March.

Brill will be sentenced on May 6.

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