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Cynthia Guy Prelim

Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen, right, plays a video for the court during a preliminary hearing for Cynthia Guy in January in Natrona County Circuit Court. Guy pleaded guilty Friday as part of a plea deal that could require her to spend up to 25 years in prison

A woman suspected of soliciting the murder of her ex-husband pleaded guilty Friday to a charge that could send her to prison for up to 25 years.

Cynthia Guy, who was a therapist at Central Wyoming Counseling Center until May 2014, allegedly asked one of her patients, whom she believed to have gang affiliations, to arrange for the murder of her ex-husband.

She pleaded guilty Friday to solicitation to commit aggravated kidnapping and will be sentenced at a later date.

Guy sat next to her lawyers in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday wearing a light blue uniform and handcuffs. During what is normally a routine set of questions before a plea agreement, Guy was asked if she was satisfied with her representation.

Guy hesitated and did not appear to know how to respond. She took a moment while her attorney whispered in her ear, and responded by saying she believed her plea agreement had been conveyed to her.

Multiple times throughout the hearing, Guy dipped her head and stared toward the ground.

Guy's case has been slowed by competency hearings. She was charged with solicitation of first-degree murder in May 2014.

Her arrest followed a week-long investigation in which Casper police arranged for Guy's patient to have a recorded conversation. During the talk, an informant gave Guy a phone number for a Division of Criminal Investigation agent posing as a hit man named "Frankie."

The informant claimed "Frankie" was his cousin and would kill the therapist's ex-husband as a favor to him.

Guy agreed to pay $4,000 for the hit, with half up front. She then set up a time to meet the supposed assassin in Glendo, and she told the undercover agent how to enter her ex-husband's Cheyenne home.

The DCI agent later sent a coded text message informing Guy the murder had been completed. Later, Casper police went to Guy's house and informed her that her ex-husband had been found dead under suspicious circumstances and that they needed to interview her about his social history.

She allegedly feigned emotion about her ex-husband's death before police arrested her.

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