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Women charged in assault-for-hire plot

SHERMANS DALE, Pa. (WHTM) - A Perry County woman was arrested after she and her mother tried to hire someone to assault her husband and mother-in-law, police said.

Katrina Wojciechowski, 36, and Catherine "Kitten" Kerkeslager, 69, both of Shermans Dale, are charged with felony counts of criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

A Mount Joy-area man told police that Kerkeslager approached him last week to see if he knew anyone who would kill her son-in-law and how much they'd ask, or if he would be interested in doing it, according to charging documents prepared by state police in Newport.

On Monday, Kerkeslager asked the informant how much he would charge to assault her son-in-law. He told her he would need $1,000 and a $100 down payment. Kerkeslager called him back later in the day and said her daughter was not going to go through with it, the documents state.

Wojciechowski texted the man that night to say she had changed her mind and wanted her husband and mother-in-law assaulted. They agreed to meet in the Harrisburg area on Tuesday.

Kerkeslager and Wojciechowski showed up for the meeting, but it was an undercover trooper who was given the $100 down payment and photos of Wojciechowski's husband and mother-in-law. When the women were told it would look suspicious if both victims were assaulted, they chose to have the mother-in-law shot in the leg, the documents state.

A short time after the meeting, police stopped their vehicle and took the women into custody. Both were interviewed and admitted to their involvement in the plot, police said.

Kerkeslager and Wojciechowski were sent to Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 bail each.


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