ATHENS, Ga. – A woman was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband, her son-in-law and another man.
The sentence came Wednesday after Ivy Jean Davis, 67, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal solicitation to commit murder and admitted to giving $200 to an undercover officer she thought was a hit man. The money was for him to buy an untraceable gun.
Clarke County Superior Court Judge Steve Jones also told Davis to serve 20 years of probation with special conditions and pay a $1,000 fine.
Davis told Western Circuit District Attorney Ken Mauldin she believed her guilty plea was "the Lord's will."
"I wouldn't hurt nobody," Davis said. "I didn't get a chance to do nothing. I'm a very compassionate person."
Authorities learned of the murder plot last May when one of Davis' renters called to report that his landlord had asked if he knew someone she could hire to kill her husband and son-in-law, police said.
A sting was set up and authorities said Davis gave the undercover officer pictures of her husband and her son-in-law, as well as instructions and a map to their homes. She also tried to have her boyfriend's son killed, police said.
Davis' attorney, Thomas A. Camp, argued that a psychiatrist determined she has a disability that prevents her from having rational thinking. A lifetime of alcohol abuse caused Davis to lose the ability to control her impulses, Camp said.