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Wife Charged With Attempting To Kill Husband

July 1, 1988

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) _ Mary Borunda declared her everlasting love for her husband Joe in a newspaper wedding anniversary advertisement, but police say it was a love as thin as the paper it was printed on.

The same day the newspaper ran her ″happy fourth anniversary″ ad, it also reported that Mrs. Borunda was charged with soliciting a gunman to shoot her husband.

Mrs. Borunda already had paid the gunman $1,000 and was to provide an additional $1,500 after her husband was killed during what was to have been a staged house break-in, Detective Dan Hulbert said Thursday.

She was arrested Saturday on a tip provided by a relative, Hulbert said.

″Then we see this happy ad in the (Joliet) Herald-News,″ said Hulbert. ″It’s getting to the point where I just don’t know about things any more.″

The ad read: ″Happy fourth anniversary 6/29/88 to my wonderful husband Joe Borunda. I’ll love you always. Your wife Mary.″

In the same Wednesday edition, the newspaper reported that Mrs. Borunda, 44, was charged Tuesday with a single count of solicitation to commit murder.

She has entered a plea of innocent and is free on $1,000 bond posted by her husband pending a July 11 court hearing.

″And he turns around and bonds her out, anyway,″ said Hulbert. ″Go figure.″

Joe Borunda, 59, who is the woman’s fifth husband, told police he had several life insurance policies worth well over $100,000, Hulbert said.

″That’s the only motive we’ve determined so far,″ Hulbert said.

Mrs. Borunda allegedly contacted one relative who declined to help her find a gunman, then contacted a second relative who put her in touch with someone willing to carry out the murder, Hulbert said.

″The first relative was the one who tipped us,″ said Hulbert.

Cliff Richards, an advertising manager for the newspaper, said the advertisement was phoned in, making it impossible to confirm whether Mrs. Borunda actually placed it.

″But the bill is going to her,″ said Richards. ″That’s the name and address given by the person who called.″

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