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Wife Gets 2 To 6 For Plot To Kill Husband

June 24, 1987

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ A woman who tried to borrow $2,000 from her first husband to have her second husband killed was sentenced Wednesday to two to six years in prison for what the judge a ″very cruel, very cold-blooded″ act.

In court, Robin Spadaccia glared at the intended victim of the plot, Glen Spadaccia, who sat with his brother and near Mrs. Spadaccia’s mother, Irene Monsieur.

Mrs. Spadaccia, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and criminal solicitation for trying to hire hitmen to kill Spadaccia, 34. The two were involved in a bitter custody dispute over their daughter.

Outside the courtroom was Mrs. Spadaccia’s first husband, Mark Bottali, a Rye Brook police officer, who agreed to give her the money for the conspiracy, then contacted authorities who recorded conversations of Mrs. Spadaccia, Bottali and others before making the arrest in December.

Had Mrs. Spadaccia been convicted, she could have faced up to 25 years in prison.

Her attorney, George Calcagnini, reminded the court it had agreed to the shorter sentence if Mrs. Spadaccia cooperated in the prosecution of her co- conspirators.

Mrs. Spadaccia did not speak during the sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Barbara Egenhauser said Mrs. Spadaccia cooperated in the investigation, even though Mrs. Egenhauser did not call upon Mrs. Spadaccia to testify against another member of the conspiracy, Arthur ″Curly″ Austin.

Austin, 34, was ultimately convicted of agreeing to find hitmen to kill Spadaccia in exchange for an eighth of an ounce of cocaine.

The two hit men, Kevin Griffen, 26, and James Gatling, 34, have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and were awaiting sentencing.

Westchester County Court Judge Peter Rosato called the crime one of the ″most extreme anyone in your position could be involved in″ and said the potential ″could have been disastrous. You set a whole machinery in motion to have your husband killed ... You involved total strangers.″

However, the judge called the couple’s difficult marital dispute a mitigating circumstance, even though the plot revealed a ″very cruel, very cold-blooded side of you otherwise not known.″

Outside court, Spadaccia called the sentence ″very light. She has no morals. She disgraced her children and hurt her children. ... She should be locked up for 10 years.″

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