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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

New York woman sentenced in murder for hire case

BELLINGHAM

A New York woman was sentenced to two to six years in state prison yesterday for offering someone $10,000 to kill her former father-in-law, a Bellingham resident.

Karen Chambers, 42, of Fort Covington, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree criminal solicitation, a Class D felony.

She admitted she had planned the murder so she could inherit money to open a day-care center.

Chambers promised her neighbor a $10,000 pay check for the murder of Thomas Bartlett, 70. She provided the would-be killer with an atlas and directions to Bartlett's Bellingham home, authorities said.

Fort Covington is 180 miles northeast of Syracuse.

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