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Wife offers car and pot in murder-for-hire plot

Wednesday - 4/6/2011, 12:30pm  ET

Neal Augenstein,

DUMFRIES, Va. - Sonia Kuske had told a friend she wanted her husband killed, sources tell WTOP.

Prince William County Police were alerted and the person she asked to make him "go away" was an undercover police officer.

Kuske, of Dumfries, met the undercover agent at a bar to discuss the killing. The officer recorded the conversation.

Kuske, 34, is charged with solicitation to commit capital murder and attempted capital murder. She is being held without bond.

Local police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Taskforce began investigating Kuske in February, police say.

Sources familiar with the meeting said Kuske claimed she had been the victim of domestic abuse, but also commented she could live well off her husband's insurance money.

According to a source, Kuske didn't want to know details of how her husband, Kenneth, would be killed.

She was offered several opportunities to back out of the deal.

No money was exchanged. Kuske told the officer she didn't have money, and offered a 2008 Dodge Charger and several marijuana plants as payment.

In court documents, Kuske said she is unemployed, and the mother of two children.

Kuske is scheduled to appear in court May 31.

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