Independence grandmother pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

Teresa Owen
Teresa Owen Independence Police Department

A 62-year-old Independence woman admitted Friday that she tried to hire a hit man to kill her former son-in-law involved in a custody dispute involving her grandchildren.

Teresa Owen pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to a charge of using interstate commerce facilities to commit murder-for-hire.

Owen was arrested and charged in the case last year.

According to court documents, the man Owen thought was a hit man was actually an undercover police officer.

She had been put in contact with the officer by another man who she initially approached.

When she met with the undercover officer, she asked how much it would cost and he told her $700.

“Owen told the (undercover officer) that the intended victim was a problem for her and was standing in between her seeing her grandchildren,” according to an affidavit filed in the case.

She also told the supposed hit man that she wanted it to look like an accident.

In a subsequent meeting, she gave the officer a $200 down payment and gave him photographs of her former son-in-law, his home and work addresses and the type of car he drove.

She remains in custody. A sentencing date has not been set.

Under terms of Friday’s plea agreement she will face a prison sentence of between three and four years.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc