Woman sentenced in slaying plot

January 24, 1995|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer

A Pasadena woman who pleaded guilty to hiring an undercover detective to kill her boyfriend's ex-wife was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in the county jail and an equal amount of time under house arrest.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered Kathryn E. McLane, 30, of the 8700 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. to begin serving her sentence at 6 p.m. Friday. When she completes the sentence, she will be on five years' probation. She is forbidden to have any contact with her intended victim.

McLane admitted in court in November that she offered William Lee Corbett, a county detective who was working undercover, $5,000 to kill Dorinda Hughes of Severna Park. "I thank God that he was a police officer and that nothing happened to her," McLane said during the hearing.

T. Joseph Touhey, McLane's attorney, said Judge Thieme "bent over backward to show some compassion."

Ms. Hughes said through a victim's advocate in the state's attorney's office that she would not comment on the sentence. During the hearing, State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee argued for a tougher sentence, saying it was a "bizarre" situation because Ms. Hughes and her ex-husband have a 12-year-old son. McLane still dates the former husband, who allows her to see the child.

"It is, and should be, intolerable for the victim that the solicitor of the murder is being allowed to be involved with the son," he said.

According to charging documents filed in Circuit Court, county police homicide investigators were tipped off to the plot on March 21, 1994, when an anonymous man called to tell them a woman named Kathy wanted someone to kill a Severna Park woman. The caller gave detectives Kathy's phone number.

Detective Corbett called the number March 22. He talked to a woman who identified herself as Kathy and suggested to her that he would kill the woman for her. Two days later, Detective Corbett called the woman again. She arranged to meet him that day in the parking lot of BJ's Warehouse in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway.

During the meeting, she told Detective Corbett that she wanted her boyfriend's ex-wife out of the way, according to the documents. Detective Corbett asked her whether she wanted him to scare Ms. Hughes or kill her. According to court records, McLane said, "I don't want her around anymore."

McLane gave the detective Ms. Hughes' address and phone number and told him about the home's alarm system. She agreed to pay him two installments of $2,500.

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