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Animal Rights Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Plot to Murder Husband’s Au Pair Girlfriend: ‘Kill Two Birds With One Stone’

Jennifer Essi was also accused of strangling her own child, and holding a knife to her husband’s neck

A well-known Colorado lawyer has pleaded guilty to a slew of charges connected to a murder plot involving her estranged husband’s new girlfriend — including multiple counts of violence against her own family.

According to Law & Crime and the Standard Blade, 43-year-old Jennifer Emmi pleaded guilty to six felony charges and four misdemeanors including felony solicitation to commit second-degree murder and felony heat-of-passion strangulation, as well as misdemeanor charges of child abuse and evidence tampering. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped an additional 11 felony and 12 misdemeanor charges.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Emmi was arrested in January and initially claimed that she had been “set up.”

“…I have been repeatedly set up. All I can say is I want the truth to come out. The whole thing is crazy. I don’t want to hurt anyone…Things happened, but not anything that’s in the report…I don’t want anyone injured,” Emmi said in a jailhouse interview with Fox 31, referring to a 33-page affidavit that alleged Emmi had proposed a murder-for-hire plot to two people who later contacted police.

At the time of the allegations, Emmi and her husband were going through a divorce, and he was in a relationship with a woman who reportedly once worked as the family’s au pair. It is not clear when the husband’s relationship with the au pair began or if it led to the married couple’s separation, but an attorney for Emmi told CBS 4 that her husband had “trade[d] her in for a younger girl.”

According to Law & Crime, Emmi initially said she only wanted the girlfriend killed, but a ranch hand-turned-informant claimed she said in a later conversation she wanted both of them gone. He also claimed she agreed to a $100,000 fee, allegedly saying “the money would not be a problem,” according to Fox 31 News.

“I’m inclined to kill two birds with one stone so to speak,” Emmi allegedly told the information, reportedly saying her husband was the “one leading this battle.”

According to CBS 4, Emmi’s attorney Colin Bresee said that Emmi called off the plan in a subsequent conversation with an informant, reportedly saying, “We are not going to do anything.”

As Law & Crime reports, Emmi was also accused of holding a knife to her husband’s neck and strangling one of her children. The later accusation is presumably behind the child abuse charge, to which Emmi pleaded guilty.

Bresee reportedly told the Standard Blade that he is asking for Emmi to be sentenced to probation, but believes prosecutors will call for prison time.

Emmi sentencing is set to begin on August 16.

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