Sandra Haughawout, 70, of Perrin Road, was arraigned in Toledo’s U.S. District Court Sept. 17, where she entered a not guilty plea to one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to a court docket. The hearing was in Judge James Carr’s court.
During the hearing, she waived her right to be indicted by a grand jury and instead agreed to be prosecuted by a bill of information, according to a document signed by Haughawout.
She also has a change of plea hearing scheduled for today, the docket states.
Haughawout was arrested June 5 after she allegedly contracted with a hitman — who was actually an undercover FBI agent — to kill her former son-in-law. She was charged Sept. 11.
According to a bill of information, Haughawout offered the undercover agent $8,000 up front to have the man killed, and she’d pay another $2,000 when the “deed” was done.
An affidavit states the agent was wired with audio and video equipment when Haughawout made the statement during a May 30 meeting with her in Milan. Haughawout said her daughter was having a dispute with the former son-in-law over custody of the children, according to court documents.
Haughawout also allegedly instructed the agent to use the code words “had the dog put down” after he killed the man, the affidavit states. She also allegedly showed the agent where the man lived, worked, what vehicles he drove and a picture of what he looked like.
Haughawout was initially held in the Lucas County Correction Center, but she was moved earlier this month to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, near Napoleon.