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Kenmore woman spared more jail time in troubled murder-for-hire case

Lauren Frye, 57, of Kenmore, was sentenced to time-served Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on the 19 months she had been in custody in what began as a murder-for-hire case.

Frye, who has a prior felony drug conviction, pleaded guilty Oct. 28 to possessing a firearm as a felon. It started as a murder-for-hire case involving her friend, Deborah Arno, 57,  who offered Frye $20,000 for the murder of her ex-husband and his new wife.

Kenmore Police got a tip about the plot and in May 2015 raided Frye's home and seized three shotguns which she was not legally allowed to own due to her prior felony. On Oct. 31, Arno pleaded guilty to charge of solicitation of interstate murder for hire.

Arno faces a sentence of up to five years in federal prison, but her attorney, Paul J. Cambria, is pressing for a lesser sentence because of Arno's proven history of mental illness.

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