The mother of three wanted to have her husband, 60-year-old David Joseph Leahy, killed so she could regain custody of their kids, five years after their contentious domestic saga began in 2011.
She paid undercover cop posing as a hitman $2,500 in August 2016, with the intention to pay him more money later
Unemployed Natalie Leahy offered to pay with life insurance carried by her mark
Natalie Leahy, 35, was convicted of trying to have her ex-husband, David killed
She was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison
A failed marriage followed by a failed murder-for-hire plot landed a 35-year-old Florida mother of three behind bars for the next two decades.
Rachel Leahy of Bradenton in Manatee County, has gone from wanting desperately to regain custody of her children at the end of her marriage to a man nearly twice her age and segued into trying to have her ex-husband killed.
In August, 2016 Leahy met with an undercover sheriff’s detective posing as a hitman detailing how she wanted her former spouse to be kidnapped, taken to another country and turned into a sex slave.
Rachael Natalie Leahy was locked in a custody battle with ex David Leahy when she hatched the murder plan
David Leahy testifying during the trial
Florida woman charged with trying to buy a $5000 ‘hit’ on ex-husband asked undercover cop if her ex could be “made into a sex slave” instead
She also told the fake hitman that he could make the death look like an accident and set it up so it appeared her ex died in a fire or by drowning.
The Sheriff’s office notified her ex-husband is David Leahy, 60, of Sarasota, Fla., that his ex-wife had hired someone to try to murder him.
David Leahy had filed for divorce in September 2011 and, three months later, “Rachael Leahy filed a domestic violence injunction against him. She had him arrested for battery in 2012, and he sued her and a moving company in Manatee County, Fla.
They were still in family court regarding their children a few weeks before Rachael Leahy’s arrest’
Authorities said Leahy hatched her sinister plan because she wanted custody of their children.
Leahy met with the undercover officer several times to give him information about her ex-husband and a photo of him. After agreeing on a fee of $5000 the unemployed Natalie paid the fake hitman $2,500 with the intention to pay him the other half after collecting insurance payout on a policy controlled by her ex.
In one video from the meetings, Leahy allegedly said that she saw no other way to work out the custody battle with her ex than to have him killed.
“The only thing that matters is I don’t get to see my children,” she said.
“There’s no other resolution to this other than him to be gone completely.”
Target: David Leahy and right with the the children. The sheriff’s office notified him that his ex had bought a ‘ ‘Hit’ on him
Leahy reportedly planned to be in the Caribbean while the murder was taking place.
During her court appearance Monday, Leahy said she tried hiring a hitman because she was desperate to get her kids back.
“I will have to live the rest of my life with all the things that I’ve done. I’ve let everyone down,” she said, according to WFLA. “I did a terrible thing to bring my babies back to me. Looking back at what I did, I truly believe I was out of my mind.”