WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – The woman accused of looking to hire a hit man to kill her stepfather nearly five years ago pleaded guilty Monday to soliciting first-degree murder as part of a plea deal.
“Ms. Dias plead guilty, today, to soliciting the murder of Donald Bachman, not to the actual killing,” said Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney, Jarrett Ferentino.
Kendra Dias, 25, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder after prosecutors said she paid a hit man to kill her stepfather, Donald Bachman.
Her trial was set to begin Monday but a guilty plea meant Dias formally took part of the responsibility for the shooting death of her stepfather in 2015.
Bachman was shot and killed outside his home on Willow Street in Wilkes-Barre in May of 2015.
As the investigation by county detectives and Wilkes-Barre police into Bachman’s murder is ongoing, a trigger man has not been named.
“At this time I don’t want to comment on the depth of our information, only to say that there is evidence and information that we are pursuing,” said Ferrentino. “We are pursuing information in that case and the reality is that if we get to a place that we can charge, in that case we’ll pursue that charge.”
Dias is set to be sentenced in April.
The charge calls for Dias to be sentenced to 6 to 12 years in state prison. She must also pay $4,000 in restitution.