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Lights, camera, action! Mommy caught on camera hiring hitman to murder ex

by Nancy Grace, Publisher

New, shocking dash cam video: An undercover police officer’s surveillance footage has just emerged and reveals a startling peek at an Ionia County mom’s bloody plot to hire a hit man to kill the father of her children.

Kristina Johnston, 28, stands charged with solicitation of murder after a sting operation landed the Michigan beauty behind bars.  Now, the video of the conversation that blew the case wide open is public, thanks to a local Fox 17 station.



Johnston:” And then I’ll have to hire you again to finish the job… then I’ll do that. If I did do that, I don’t know how I would live with myself and my kids… doing that. But it would have be… let’s try something first, and then I’ll pay you for that… and then if he don’t get off my fucking back or do something then it’s going to be the second… definitely.”

Tips led cops to ferret out Johnston’s murder plans and they promptly planned a controlled meeting to introduce Johnston to her would-be “hit man” (actually an undercover officer).

Throughout the nearly half-hour conversation, Johnston said she feared for the life of herself and her children, and was physically abused by the intended target of the plot for nearly 13 years.

While the cameras rolled, Johnston allegedly hatched a murder plot and struck a murder-for-money deal.  She reportedly first wanted her husband attacked and beaten, but getting into the spirit of things, she quickly escalated the plan from a beating to a murder.  Allegedly scheduling a date to seal the deal with a cash payment, Johnston may have sealed her own fate.

Johnston is currently behind bars on a $50,000 bond on charges of solicitation of murder.  The target, Johnston’s 29-year-old ex-boyfriend had reportedly been in a custody dispute with Johnston.

[Feature Photo: Ionia County Sheriff’s Department]

An outspoken, tireless advocate for victims’ rights and one of television's most respected legal analysts, Nancy Grace was the powerful force behind CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace. A former prosecutor with an unparalleled record of success, she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil and Larry King Live, among others, dispensing her firebrand take on the modern justice system. She is the New York Times bestselling author of four books and the executive producer of a on-going series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films based on the characters from her novels.  In 2011, Grace was named one of the most impactful and powerful women in entertainment by both leading industry trade magazines, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Now, everything important in Grace’s life – including her unwavering crusade for true justice – comes back to family. Since her marriage and the birth of her children, Nancy says, “I feel even more passionate about fighting for victims.” Nancy Grace, her husband and her twins reside in Atlanta and New York City with their rescue pets, a dog and a cat.