A Connecticut woman charged with hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody dispute has been sentenced to five years of probation in a plea deal.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tiffany Stevens was sentenced in Hartford Superior Court on Monday, eight months after a jury deadlocked in her attempted-murder case. The hit was never carried out.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1HlHnsf ) that the former Bloomfield resident pleaded guilty to a reduced felony charge of inciting injury to persons.

Police in Simsbury say Stevens paid a handyman $5,000 to kill her ex-husband, Eric Stevens, but the handyman didn't carry it out.

Despite the attempted-murder charge, a state family court judge never revoked Tiffany Stevens' custody of her daughter.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com