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Police: Annapolis Woman Arranged Murder-For-Hire Plot

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WNEW/AP) — An Annapolis woman tried to arrange a murder-for-hire plot to prevent a witness from testifying against her boyfriend, Anne Arundel County Police say.

Stacie Roberts, 33, was arrested Monday after allegedly offering an undercover police officer money and prescription pills to kidnap and kill the man who was going to be the primary witness against Roberts’ boyfriend, Savvas Pantelides.

Pantelides, who is awaiting trial on attempted first-degree murder and robbery charges, is the cousin of Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides. A city spokeswoman declined to comment.

Police say they received a tip that Roberts was planning to kidnap the witness so he wouldn’t be able to testify at Pantelides’ upcoming trial.

An undercover officer posing as an “outlaw motorcycle gang associate” met with Roberts on Monday, and police say she provided the officer with the witness’ name, physical description and address.

Police say Roberts also offered $1,600 in cash and painkillers to have the witness killed.

Roberts has been charged with Obstruction of Justice, Induce/Inhibit Testimony, and Induce/Inhibit Testimony Felony Offense. She faces up to 30 years in prison.

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