By Associated Press - Thursday, April 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman has been sentenced to 30 ½ years in prison for plotting to have four people killed while she was in custody on kidnapping charges.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 21-year-old Bernadette Beanes was sentenced Thursday.

She pleaded guilty to multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder related to her 2013 case. Beanes also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated assault on a police officer and manslaughter.

While in custody, Phoenix police say Beanes allegedly arranged to pay a hit man $20,000 to kill four victims or witnesses in her case including a 9-year-old boy.

Beanes originally was accused of helping a man kidnap a woman and a 3-year-old boy in May 2013. The man later shot himself to end a 12-hour police standoff in west Phoenix.



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