A Randallstown woman who had tried to arrange her husband's murder went free this week after pleading guilty in the conspiracy. Her sentence came five months after the man she persuaded to help her was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
"It's amazing to me that people can negotiate someone else's death and receive the kind of sentence that Nancy Lolli got," said Don Newcomer, a retired state police detective who worked on the case.
Lolli, 48, of the 3700 block of Trent Road pleaded guilty in Howard County Monday to conspiracy to commit murder with Pikesville businessman Manuel S. Fram. Lolli and Fram had engaged in a 16-year love affair, said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Christine B. Gage.
Lolli's sentence amounts to a "smack on the wrist," Mr. Newcomer said.
But Ms. Gage said the intended victim, Louis A. Lolli, strongly supported the plea and sentence out of consideration for his family.
County Circuit Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. gave Lolli a nine-year suspended sentence. He placed her on supervised probation for five years and ordered her to perform 400 hours of community service. He also ordered her to have no contact with her husband.
According to court records, Lolli, who was Fram's secretary, persuaded him to arrange for her husband to be killed. Fram, 59, a former Baltimore County teacher and president of Fram Monument Co., paid $10,000 to an undercover state police investigator posing as a killer for hire, to kill Lolli's husband. He is serving an 18-month sentence for solicitation of murder.
Lolli is director of public relations at the National Benefits Corp. in Washington and did volunteer work with local charity groups.
Fram taught in the Baltimore County schools for more than 25 years and ran his tombstone design business in Reisterstown.