A 31-year-old Gastonia woman is being accused of involvement in a murder for hire plot against her estranged husband, according to multiple media outlets.
The Gaston Gazette reported Monday that Jessica Nicole Philbeck was arrested after prosecutors says she did “entice, advise, counsel, incite, order or command another to commit first-degree murder against Thomas Grant Pasour, with the specific intent that the other person commit the crime.”
The Gaston County Jail web site says Philbeck was booked Monday afternoon on a charge of soliciting for murder. A secured bond of $1 million was set, the jail site says.
Police said the person Philbeck allegedly tried to hire reported it to officials. The investigation began in mid-July, reports the Observer's news partner WBTV.
Philbeck and Pasour are separated, the station reported, citing police
Gaston County records show Philbeck has been arrested in the past for larceny, probation violation and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
State court records show she has been found guilty of: contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving while intoxicated, larceny, driving without a license, resisting arrest, injury to property and assault and battery.