Commonwealth v. Marie Antoinette Leary; Defendant pleads guilty in Murder for Hire case

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Marie Antoinette Leary, 44 years old, formerly of the 3500 block of Woodburne Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, pled guilty today to two counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder.  Judge William R. O'Brien sentenced Leary to 20 years in the Department of Corrections with 10 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve.     

Had this matter had gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proved that on May 27, 2017, the defendant's son had a pending murder charge in Virginia Beach.  Many of her son's co-conspirators had cooperated with the Commonwealth and were prepared to testify against the defendant's son at trial.  The defendant made known her desire to have these witnesses killed.  Virginia Beach Special Investigations became involved and posed undercover as a hitman who the defendant reached out to.  The defendant met with the undercover hitman at an oceanfront hotel, and advised that she would pay $2500 to have her son's co-defendant's murdered.  She advised she was willing to "trade my soul with the devil" and the she "lived my life-I am protecting my baby."  When inquiry was made about the specific action she wanted the undercover hitman to take, she responded "A flat person can't talk-I don't want this shit coming back."  She was taken into custody in the hotel parking lot after agreeing to this contract with the undercover hitman. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Scott M. Lang and James S. Panagis prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.