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Angela Nolen, Kindergarten Teacher, Allegedly Hires Hit Man To Kill Ex-Husband In Virginia

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Angela Nolen, left, and Cathy Bennett were arrested in a murder-for-hire plot Wednesday.
Angela Nolen, left, and Cathy Bennett were arrested in a murder-for-hire plot Wednesday.

A Virginia kindergarten teacher was busted along with her friend when she allegedly tried to hire a hit man for $8,500 to kill her ex-husband.

Angela Nolen, 47, blew her cover when she and Cathy Bennett -- the 37-year-old nurse at her school -- hired an undercover cop to do the dirty deed, the New York Daily News reports.

The two women, who work at Sontag Elementary School in Rocky Mount, were arrested Wednesday after plotting the murder of Nolen's former partner, 63-year-old Paul Strickler, police told the paper. Nolen was charged with solicitation to commit murder, and Bennett was slapped with accessory to solicitation.

Nolen allegedly met with an undercover state police agent on Feb. 19, asking him to take her husband's life, WSLS reports. She reportedly promised the agent more than $4,000 up front, and another $4,000 when the job was done. State police got wind of her alleged scheme from an anonymous tip.

Officers declined to comment on Nolen's motive in the murder-for-hire plot, according to The Roanoke Times. Strickler told a reporter that he and Nolen were working on a deal for her to buy his house.

"If I was dead, she would not have to give me the money," he told the paper. "That scares the H-E-L-L out of me. I'm just so glad that the state police found out about this and uncovered it."

Strickler and Nolen have a 7-year-old adopted daughter, though it's unclear what effect the incident will have on custody.

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