BROWNVILLE, Maine — A local woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after attempting to hire a person to murder her husband, police said.
Wendy Farley, 46, of Brownville was arrested and charged with criminal solicitation for murder, a Class A felony, at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, said Brownville Police Chief Nick Clukey.
“Last week [Sept. 11] we received some information from a source who said he had been solicited by a woman in Brownville to murder her husband. He was offered cash money,” said Clukey, who declined to say how much money the source was offered.
Clukey said Brownville and Milo police set up an operation to record conversations between the source and Farley on Tuesday.
“Based on the operation we were conducting and the information we received off the radio, we arrested her at her residence on the Russell Road in Brownville,” said Clukey.
Clukey said Farley and her husband had been married for about 30 years and have 13 children together, adult and young.
“We’ve conducted an interview of her after the arrest. There’s been no denial [or admittance] of the charges,” said Clukey.
Farley was taken to the Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft, where she remained Tuesday evening. Bail was set at $75,000.
This charge was a first in the area, said Clukey.
“This is definitely the first time this department has dealt with this kind of a crime,” he said.