Circleville Woman Gets 7 Years In Murder-For-Hire Case

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A Circleville woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty in a murder-for-hire case.

Tara Lambert was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.

According to court documents, Lambert wanted to hire someone to kill her husband’s ex-wife.

An investigation was started by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office after they were tipped off to Lambert’s plan.

An undercover deputy then met with Lambert as a part of the investigation.

The sheriff's office said Lambert finalized plans with the deputy and gave them money and a photograph of the target. Lambert was taken into custody shortly after and held on a half-million dollars bond.

At her sentencing Wednesday, Lambert apologized for her actions.

“I am truly sorry for the harm that my actions have caused. I never intended for the situation to get so out of control but it did and I do accept full responsibility,” she said.

Lambert's attorney said she was mentally fragile and argued that the undercover officer baited her into the murder agreement.

The victim, the mother of Lambert's husband's two children, called Lambert a "demon."

Lambert was also sentenced to five years of mandatory post release parole, a $10,000 fine and ordered to stay away from the victim and her family.