Fort Myers woman accused of hiring hitman to shoot husband gets probation

By Dennis Culver

Jun. 21, 2012

Kimberly Alters, accused of trying to hire a man in 2010 to kill her husband in exchange for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, avoided a jail sentence Thursday after the state attorney’s office decided not to pursue a solicitation of murder charge.

Alters plead no contest to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm while committing a felony, for which she will serve 60 months of probation for each count concurrently.

Her attorney, Wilbur Smith, said Alters was happy to avoid jail time and plead no contest to the other charges as part of a deal to have the most serious offense dropped, avoiding the need for a trial.

“There was the potential of jail hanging over her head,” Smith said. “Going to trial is a terribly stressful ordeal, as you can imagine.”

Assistant state attorney Orion Wright said the charge of solicitation of murder was dropped because of new information that came to light during the discovery process.

State attorney’s office spokeswoman Samantha Syoen said the charge was dropped mainly because Alters’ husband, Bernard Alters did not want to cooperate or have her prosecuted.

Alters’ children also attended court Thursday and spoke on their mother’s behalf.

Now a convicted felon, Alters also had her driver’s license taken away for two years, must undergo mental health and drug screenings and follow the recommendations of both, pay just under $2,000 in court costs and had to give a DNA sample.

There is still a no contact order in place between Alters and her husband.

Alters was charged after a confidential informant notified Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies of the plot to kill her husband.

Deputies used electronic surveillance equipment to observe meetings between Alters and the informant, which revealed details about the murder plot, including when she would be out of town with an alibi, that she wanted her husband shot, and that she provided a picture of her husband and gave the man $125 to purchase a gun.

During the conversations, she suggested the murder take place during a weekend she planned to take her children to Busch Gardens in Tampa, according to a sheriff’s office report.

After the last meeting, Alters was stopped by deputies, and a subsequent search found a loaded Smith Wesson .38 caliber revolver, 59 Alprazolm pills and 6.5 Dextroamphetamine pills.

Source: News Press