Michigan woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man through a website called RentAHitman.com to slap her ex-husband for stealing $20,000 from her
- Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, of South Rockford, Michigan, has been sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of her ex-husband
- She took full responsibility for her actions when speaking at the sentencing, saying she “humiliated” her family
- She used a false name when she contacted the site about getting rid of her ex-husband and later met an undercover detective
- When she filled out the final paperwork, she used her real name and was later arrested by the police
- RentAHitman.com was founded in 2005 by Bob Innes as a class project and the website has helped ensnare more than a dozen people over the years.
The Michigan woman who tried to hire a hitman through a website to kill her ex-husband has been sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison.
Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, of South Rockford, pleaded guilty on Nov. 12 to using the RentAHitman.com site to hire someone to slap her ex-husband and to using a computer to commit a crime in July 2020.
She was sentenced Thursday to seven to 20 years in prison and will be credited for the 545 days she has already spent in prison.
Wein’s former wife, who was not identified, was never targeted because RentAHitman.com was founded in 2005 by an IT professional as part of a classroom project to catch people looking to hire hitmen.
Bob Innes, the owner behind the fake website, immediately contacted state police, who sent an undercover detective posing as a hit man to meet Wein.
Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, of South Rockford, Michigan, was sentenced Thursday to seven to 20 years in prison for using a fake hitman website to take out her ex-husband.
She used RentAHitman.com to try to kill her husband, writing: ‘I’d rather not go to jail’
Wein expressed remorse for her conviction and admitted she was struggling with the deaths of eight of her family members at the time.
“I take full responsibility for my actions, and I hope a lesson is learned from my example,” she said on Thursday. “I had no right to lash out at anyone, and in a matter of minutes I changed everyone’s life.
Bob Innes created the website in 2005 as a class project and has assisted authorities several times over the years
“I humiliated my family with this,” she continued. “I don’t make excuses for myself. I just wanted to let you know where my head was,” she said Thursday.
Wein had used a false name to fill out a service request on the site in July 2020, writing to Guido Fanelli that she wanted her ex-husband killed for stealing $20,000 from her.
“I’d rather not go to jail. Thanks for your time,” she wrote after requesting a consultation to help her with a “problem.”
Fanelli is the alias Innes uses on the site, which: has ensnared more than a dozen others who have attempted to use the website to hire a hit man, Rolling Stone reported after Wein’s arrest last year.
Wein eventually met the undercover detective and gave him information about her ex-husband before paying him a $200 down payment for the hit, while agreeing to pay a total of $5,000 when the job was done.
When filling out the request, she used her real name and was arrested later that day.