Gerald Dorene Tipton pleaded guilty to the charge of solicitation of first-degree murder Friday. Tipton also pleaded guilty to the charges of sale of a schedule IV drug and delivery of a schedule III drug.
Tipton and her current husband, James M. Tipton, were arrested on Aug. 16, 2011. According to officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, authorities received information regarding a possible murder-for-hire plot during the course of a joint narcotics investigation being conducted with the Erwin Police Department.
On the date the couple was arrested, an undercover agent posing as a hit man met with Dorene Tipton at the Zane Whitson Welcome Center in Unicoi County, where she paid the agent to have her ex-husband killed, according to officials. She was taken into custody as she attempted to leave the property.
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