Brownville woman indicted in murder-for-hire case

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 28, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Brownville woman who is alleged to have tried hiring a hitman to kill her husband was one of 11 people indicted by a Piscataquis County grand jury on Monday.

Wendy Farley, 46, was indicted for criminal solicitation, a Class A felony.

According to court documents, Farley attempted to hire a Milo man nicknamed “Mafia Mike” to kill her husband, Luther “Rusty” Farley.

The man she approached, Michael Anderson, went to police to tell them of the murder-for-hire attempt. Brownville and Milo police secretly recorded conversations between Farley and Anderson, which resulted in Farley’s arrest.

According to a police affidavit, Farley wanted her husband shot dead with a typical .30-30 hunting rifle — “nothing fancy, nothing stupid, nothing traceable” — and that she wanted the deed done by the end of the month. Farley offered Anderson between $3,000 and $10,000 for the murder.

“A straight hit, that’s what I want,” Farley is recorded telling Anderson, according to the affidavit. “One shot — drop him.”

When Anderson asked Farley why she wanted her husband dead, she allegedly replied that while her husband had never been physically abusive to her or their 13 children, some of the adult children had moved out of their New Morning Farm on Russell Road to escape his strictness and complaining.

She had also been with other men, according to the affidavit, and had used the Internet to research poisoning him and hiring a hit man. At times, her demeanor on the tapes seems jovial, the affidavit stated.

“He’s out, he’s gone, I’m free,” Farley is quoted as saying. “Kids can grow up unafraid to be kids.”

Farley has 13 children with four of them of adult age, her attorney, Chris Smith, said. A judge allowed Farley supervised contact with her juvenile children in October.

Farley was arrested on Sept. 18, 2012. Brownville Police Chief Nick Clukey said it took about a week from the time Anderson approached police to the time Farley was arrested.

Her bail conditions remain unchanged after the indictment. She is still in Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft.

Also indicted on Monday:

Shawn David Worster, 49, Greenville Jct., Class A gross sexual assault (10 counts), Class A unlawful sexual contact (10 counts), Class B unlawful sexual contact (11 counts).

Anthony J. Lavigne, 27, Greenville, Class B burglary, Class C burglary, criminal mischief, attempted burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, stealing drugs, Class C unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, Class D unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, violation of condition of release.

Edward B. Robinson, 31, Gardiner, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating after revocation, violation of condition of release.

James Francis Lonergan Jr., 31, Parkman, aggravated assault (2 counts), domestic violence assault, violation of condition of release, violation of protective order.

Chad M. Beal, 23, Exeter, theft by unauthorized taking.

Warren Benson, 21, Charleston, domestic violence assault, violation of condition of release, domestic violence terrorizing.

Lynne Mulkern, 44, South Portland, criminal OUI, violation of condition of release.

Karen A. Pearl, 30, Dover-Foxcroft, theft.

Peter E. Stevens, 29, Dover-Foxcroft, failure to report, violation of condition of release.

Clifford John Sprague, 34, Exeter, theft, receiving stolen property, aggravated criminal mischief.

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