Auburn woman found guilty in murder-for-hire case

AUBURN, Wash. -- An Auburn woman is facing as many as 20 years in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill the father of her young daughter.

Elizabeth Beimer, 32, was found guilty last week of first-degree solicitation to commit murder for plotting to kill her former boyfriend, his wife and his parents.

Prosecutors say Beimer asked a friend to find a hit man willing to kill the family for $500. The friend played along, but instead of actually looking for the hit man, he went to the Auburn Police Department and told officers what Beimer was planning.

Working in conjunction with the King County Sheriff's Office, Auburn police set up a sting operation where an undercover officer posing as a probationary member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang met with Beimer and agreed to the murders.

Prosecutors say Beimer hatched the plan after her former boyfriend initiated legal action seeking visitation rights for their 6-year-old daughter.

Beimer is set to be sentenced Dec. 2, and is facing between 15 to 20 years in prison.