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Chicago Woman Arrested For Trying To Kill Her Ex-Girlfriend’s New Partner Via Hitman

A Chicago woman has been arrested for trying to hire a hitman to kill the woman now dating her ex-girlfriend. Lissette Ortiz, 54, planned to flee to Puerto Rico after the woman was murdered, but she didn’t plan for the hitman being an undercover cop. Ortiz had offered a man, who remains anonymous, either a TV and $500 or $5,000 for the name of a hitman. The man immediately contacted the Chicago Police Department, who asked him to give the name of an undercover police officer. 

Ortiz met with the undercover cop, thinking he was the man who would kill Washington’s new girlfriend, on Nov. 20, and sat in the car with him for an hour. She detailed how she wanted the woman to burn alive in her car, and to know that it was Ortiz who was behind it all.

Lissette Ortiz told the undercover police officer exactly how he wanted to kill the woman, and how she would stage her alibi.

CREDIT: COOK COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE

Ortiz believes that the woman, who remains anonymous, was the reason for her breakup with an ex-girlfriend, Marni Washington. Cook County Assistant State Attorney Jack Costello told ABC that, at first, Ortiz asked the anonymous man to “kidnap the victim and bring the victim to her so she could take care of the rest.” When the anonymous man turned informant and led her to an undercover cop, the story became much more gruesome. Ortiz “told the undercover that her plan after the undercover kidnapped and delivered the victim to her was to put the victim into a car while tied up and set the car on fire in a remote location,” Costello told the outlet. Her plan seemed to continue to evolve as she sat in the car with the man she believed would kill this woman. 

Later, she said that she wanted him to be the one to take the victim to the remote location in mind and set her and her car on fire.

Ortiz wanted the woman killed before Thanksgiving so that she never spent a holiday in the home where Ortiz once lived.

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Assistant State Attorney Costello told ABC that Ortiz wanted “the crime to occur prior to Thanksgiving so that the victim could not celebrate the holiday in the home” that Ortiz used to share with Washington. Still, Ortiz planned to be on vacation while the woman was burning to death. “She was sure authorities would be looking for her after the murder and she wanted to have an alibi,” Costello told the outlet. 

Instead of boarding that flight to Puerto Rico, Ortiz’s recorded conversation with the undercover cop will likely land her anywhere from 20 to 40 years in prison. In addition to plotting Washington’s girlfriend’s death, Ortiz admitted to the cop that this would be her second attempt at murder-by-hitman. The first time she hired a hitman, he ran away with her money.

It seems as if Ortiz attempted to use the legal system to retaliate against Washington once before.

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Marni Washington, 50, is a Chicago police officer assigned to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s security detail with over 17 years on the force. Washington and Ortiz shared a home together in the Galewood neighborhood of Northwest Chicago, but, as their relationship deteriorated over the course of a year, Washington asked Ortiz to move out in May. Later, Ortiz alleged that Washington pinned her against a wall, leaving a bruise on her collarbone on June 27, and pressed charges. On July 3, Washington turned herself in, after a warrant was posted for her arrest. Washington was booked and paid her bond of $10,000. Washington was placed on paid desk-duty during the duration of her trial.

After a full day of trial in mid-August, Domestic Violence Court Judge Megan Goldish cleared Washington of all charges, citing in-home surveillance videos that showed no physical altercation. The defense provided images of Ortiz taken the following day of the alleged assault that showed Ortiz had no bruises and even contradicted her own testimony, during which she said Washington took her car keys away from her. Images of Ortiz holding car keys in her hand had weakened her credibility. As Judge Goldish cleared the charges, Washington reportedly smiled, while Ortiz stormed out of the courtroom, shouting, “This is unfair! You know you erased that video.”

Ortiz has an arrest history on theft charges and is currently being held without bond.  If convicted, Ortiz will face 20 to 40 years in prison.

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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They say art imitates life, but sometimes, it’s the other way around. Once in a while, the news seems like it’s simply replaying scenes from La Reina del Sur. Especially the latest update on El Chapo’s wife.

On Monday Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, turned herself into the United States FBI on charges of international drug trafficking.

The U.S. authorities are charging Coronel with helping Guzmán smuggle drugs across the border, break out of prison, and bribe corrupt officials. According to anonymous officials, the U.S. authorities have had their eye on her for a while now.

For years, El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel has insisted that she had nothing to do with her husband’s illegal activities. Because she always maintained her innocence, the former teen beauty-queen was able to keep a high profile since her husband was imprisoned in 2019. She was active on social media, gave interviews to news outlets, and even appeared on a reality series.

Coronel was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Mexico near El Chapo’s “territory”.

Her father was a prominent member of El Chapo’s cartel, and according to experts, she “grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking industry.” She married Guzmán when she was 18-years-old. He was 50. Her and Guzmán have 9-year-old twin daughters together. As of now, the girls’ whereabouts are unknown.

According to official documents, the FBI has evidence that Coronel was a liaison between El Chapo and his sons, “Los Chapitos” when they were planning his notorious prison escape in 2015. Coronel also stands accused of acting as a messenger and negotiator for payments to corrupt authorities.

As of now, people are speculating that Coronel turned herself in in exchange for leniency.

“Her attorney at sentencing is going to argue, ‘She took it upon herself to face charges,’ she didn’t make the government go out and arrest and extradite her,” an anonymous source told Vice. “She came out of Mexico. It would have been quite a process to get her extradited.”

According to reports, Colonel faces 10 years to life in prison, and a fine of up to $10 million USD.

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Neighbors Raised $60k to Keep this Mariachi Band Family From Being Evicted During the Pandemic

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Neighbors Raised $60k to Keep this Mariachi Band Family From Being Evicted During the Pandemic

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While the pandemic has negatively impacted a lot of Americans, those who derived their income from in-person industries like food, hospitality, and live entertainment, have been hit the hardest.

Once COVID-19 shut the country down, many household were forced to scramble to make ends meet. And while the government offered some assistance, for many it wasn’t enough.

This predicament was exactly what the Chicago family, the Luceros, were going through.

The Luceros are a Chicago-based Mexican-American family who moonlight as the mariachi band, Cielito Lindo. Around Chicago, the Lucero family was known for their astonishing musical abilities.

Juan and Susie Lucero are parents to a talented team of seven children, all of whom play different musical instruments and have breathtaking singing voices. Diego, Miguel, Antonio, Carlos, Lilia, Maya, and Mateo all have different roles within the band, while Juan is the bandleader.

Before the pandemic, the Lucero family derived the majority of their income from their live performances. They would cover classic favorites like “El Rey” as well as doing mariachi-twists on modern pop hits like Cardi B’s “I Like it Like That”.

But when COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, the Lucero family was no longer allowed to play live events.

All of their performances were canceled. Even their long-standing weekly gig at a local restaurant disappeared. Their income dropped by 40%.

While the Luceros tried to cut corners and make small changes, the reality was, they couldn’t keep up with their bills. By the time Christmas rolled around, they were $18,000 behind on rent. They got an eviction notice.

The family had heard that the government had launched a rent-assistance program, but they couldn’t find many details on how to apply. They were completely lost.

Desperate for help, Juan Lucero reached out to his Facebook friends, asking them if they knew how to apply for government assistance.

But what he got in return was something even better. Their community decided to step up and take action.

“A few of us talked and said, ‘We can’t let them be evicted from their home. There’s just no way,'” their neighbor, Robert Farster, recently told CBS This Morning.

Farster ended up creating a GoFundMe page for the Lucero family. “Our good friends, the Luceros, need help,” he wrote. “Juan, Susy and their seven kids are too proud to ask for it, so as their friends, we’re stepping in.”

Within days, Farster had raised over $60,000, veritably saving the Luceros from eviction.

“It’s like a miracle. We didn’t expect that,” Juan Lucero told This Morning. “It feels like a big warm hug from many people.”

Juan’s wife, Susy Lucreo felt the same way. Despite these divisive times, she felt tons of love and support from her community.

“We feel very much loved and accepted as a Mexican-American family with roots in Guadalajara,” she told This Morning. “And we come together to share that combination of culture, which really is what America is all about–this big melting pot.

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