MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — An appeals court has overturned a Mount Vernon woman’s conviction for soliciting to kill her former husband.
The Seattle Times reports the Washington Court of Appeals on Monday overturned Vanessa Valdiglesias LaValle’s conviction.
She was found guilty in 2021 for trying to persuade her son to kill his father with rat poison, saying then she, her son and a sibling could live together forever.
The three Court of Appeals Division 1 judges ruled Valdiglesias LaValle’s desire to be with her children forever doesn’t equate to a “thing of value” necessary to support a criminal solicitation conviction.
Valdiglesias LaValle was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Her case will be sent back to trial court.
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