Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini has announced the guilty plea of a Huntington Station woman for conspiring to hire hitmen to kill her ex-husband’s mother
This is a shocking and disturbing case,” District Attorney Sini said. “The defendant’s intentions were very clear that she wanted this person murdered, and she was ready and willing to pay for it. Thankfully law enforcement was notified and able to intervene before anyone got hurt, and today’s guilty plea ensures she is held accountable.”
Elsy Rodriguez-Garcia, 27, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony. Pursuant to the plea agreement, she is expected to be sentenced to two to six years in prison.
In July 2019, Rodriguez-Garcia contacted a co-conspirator via WhatsApp to orchestrate the murder of her ex-husband’s mother and daughter. She asked the co-conspirator to hire hitmen to execute the murder in Ecuador, where she believed the targets were visiting. Rodriguez-Garcia provided photographs of one of the targets to the co-conspirator in furtherance of the plot as well as a description of the residence in which she believed the targets were staying.
Rodriguez-Garcia agreed to pay for the murder, which she would wire to the hitmen once she received proof that the murder had occurred.
Rodriguez-Garcia’s ex-husband became aware of the murder-for-hire plot and reported the threat to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Third Precinct. An investigation into the conspiracy was conducted by the District Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Department.
Pursuant to the investigation, a doctored photo purporting to show the targets of the conspiracy was sent by the co-conspirator to Rodriguez-Garcia as “proof” that the murder had been carried out. The photo, which was created by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Identification Section, appeared to show a deceased woman and child in the countryside of Ecuador.
Following the investigation, Rodriguez-Garcia was arrested on July 13.
Rodriguez-Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced in front of Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice John Collins on April 15. She is being represented by William Ferro.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Anne E. Oh, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.