Woman Avoids Jail Time For Role In Attempted Murder Plot
Posted March 16, 2005 3:33 a.m. EST
ROXBORO, N.C. — A woman reached a deal Tuesday with prosecutors after being accused of plotting the murder of a trooper's wife.
Linda Lee is the ex-girlfriend of former state trooper Bobby Regan. In December, Regan was found guilty of trying to kill his wife, Danielle.
Prosecutors believed Lee played a role in the attempted murder plot in July 2003. Originally, prosecutors charged her with conspiracy, but on Tuesday, that charge was dropped and she pleaded guilty to solicitation. During Regan's trial, Lee admitted under oath that she tried to hire a hitman to help Regan kill his wife.
Danielle Regan's sister, Jennifer, said she felt Lee is getting off easy.
"We're not surprised by the outcome. We feel like it's a travesty of justice," she said.
Danielle Regan pushed prosecutors to cut a deal with Lee, saying forgiveness is easier than bitterness.
"I felt she was very remorseful and I have no bad feelings toward her," she said.
As for Lee, her family said she is ready to put this behind her.
"We've been looking for closure on this and we're ready to get back in the mainstream of things," said Ricky Chandler, Lee's brother.
Under the terms of the deal, Lee will avoid jail time and will have six months of supervised probation. She will also have to perform 150 hours of community service and stay away from Danielle Regan. Once Lee completes her probation, if she complies with all the restrictions, prosecutors will dismiss the charge against her.
Bobby Regan is currently serving his prison sentence at the Hoke Correctional Institution.