Houston Woman Sentenced in Murder-For-Hire of Sister


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A woman from Houston, Missouri was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday for hiring someone in an attempt to kill her sister.

52-year-old Leta Faye Douglas  was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole for the murder-for-hire scheme.

According to court documents, Douglas sent a letter to an individual in January 2015, asking for his help. This person, who lives in Nebraska, had not maintained contact with Douglas for about 18-years. When he called her in response to receiving the letter, Douglas told him that she wanted her sister killed.

She told the man that her parents were in a home for the elderly and that her sister was in charge of finances.

The man believed she wanted access to her parent’s finances  and then contacted law enforcement in Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol then contacted Douglas and made arrangements to meet in the Walmart parking lot in Houston on Feb. 9, 2015. The undercover, who was wearing an audio recording device, approached Douglas’s vehicle and got into the front passenger’s seat. During the initial conversation, she provided the undercover with a photograph of her sister and a hand-drawn map to her sister’s residence.

Douglas told the undercover that her sister’s husband would also be home and that they had two dogs inside the house. She handed him an envelope that contained $2,000.

Douglas admitted that she agreed to pay another person – who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer – $2,000 to murder her sister. Douglas must forfeit the $2,000 she paid the undercover officer to the government.

(edited press release)

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