Woman Gets 10 Years for Facebook Murder-for-Hire Plot

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio— A woman found guilty of attempting to hire a Facebook friend to kill her ex-husband was sentenced to 10-years in prison on Thursday morning for her crimes.

Christine H. Metter, 41, of Beachwood, received the sentence from Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci.

Metter was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 19, 2012 of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.

Her murder for hire scheme was uncovered in May of 2011.

According to police and prosecutors, Metter was complaining about the problems she was having with her ex-husband to an old high school friend on Facebook named Patrick Sabo.

Police said they joked that she should have him killed, but then Metter and her father Al Zambory, 76, invited Sabo to dinner and offered him $50,000 to kill the ex-husband, David Metter.

Sabo said Zambory gave him a picture of David Metter and an address and instructed Sabo to shoot him.

Christine Metter addressed the court moments before she learned her fate, “The past nine months have been a living nightmare when the girls and I separated.  We’ve only had written communication during this time.  Please your honor, let me prove that I’m still a very valuable asset to society.”

David Metter spoke in court prior to the sentencing and asked Judge Lucci to impose the maximum sentence, which Lucci imposed.

“The victims suffered some serious psychological harm and the victims, being not only David Metter, but all four children of Christine Metter.  Um, their mother hired a hit-man to kill their father,” said Lucci.

Upon release from prison, Metter faces five-years of probation.

On Tuesday Zambory was sentenced by Lake County Common Pleas Judge Richard Collins Jr., to nine-years in prison for his role in the crime.

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