KEY POINTS

  • A woman in Pennsylvania allegedly attempted Thursday to hire a hitman to kill her husband
  • She allegedly agreed to pay an undercover detective posing as a hitman $4,000 for the murder of her husband
  • The woman alleged that her husband was abusive and had cheated on her multiple times

A 44-year-old woman in Allentown, Pennsylvania, allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband and offered to pay $4,000 in weekly installments of $100, according to Lehigh County prosecutors.

Claudia Carrion was arrested and charged Friday with criminal solicitation to commit homicide after she allegedly agreed to pay the amount to an undercover city police detective posing as a hitman for the murder of her husband, local news outlet WFMZ reported.

The Allentown Police Department carried out the undercover operation after being told by a confidential informant that Carrion was inquiring about finding a hitman to kill her husband, according to the criminal complaint reviewed by the outlet.

Carrion allegedly "described in detail why she wanted her husband killed" to the undercover vice unit detective she met with Thursday and accused her spouse, whose name hasn’t been released by authorities, of abuse toward her and her family, court records say.

Carrion allegedly agreed to pay the undercover detective $4,000 to carry out the crime. However, she could not afford the entire amount in one go so she allegedly paid a $100 deposit, with the remaining $3,900 to be paid in weekly installments. Carrion was then arrested and taken into custody. 

The woman later told police during an interview that her husband allegedly abused and cheated on her multiple times. But there were no records of the 44-year-old calling authorities to complain about any abuse, according to court papers.

Carrion was arraigned Friday by District Judge Donna R. Butler on a single charge of criminal solicitation to commit homicide. She is currently detained at the Lehigh County Jail with bail set at $500,000.

The preliminary hearing of the 44-year-old woman is tentatively set for July 8 before Lehigh County Magisterial District Judge David M. Howells Jr. Carrion could face a sentence of the same severity as a murder charge.

This was allegedly not the first time that Carrion had tried to have her husband killed. The woman told an investigator after her arrest and the reading of her rights that her first attempt did not go as planned, local outlet Lehigh Valley Live reported, citing court documents.

The Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office did not say whether Carrion's claims of abuse were under investigation. 

But her son Joshua Carrion told WFMZ that he never witnessed any kind of abuse. “Never. Never. No they was always happy, so I don’t know about that,” Joshua said of the abuse allegations.

He also insisted that his mother is being “framed.” “She’s, she’s Christian, you know, like, very religious. My family — my family — we never do harm. We’re all, you know, innocent. We don’t have no criminal records of nothing,” Joshua told the outlet.

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