Sentencing delayed in murder for hire case |

Sentencing delayed in murder for hire case

Sentencing for Erzsebet Racine, a Grass Valley woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband, was postponed in court Monday to Dec. 4.

Racine’s husband, Dennis Racine, said the court is waiting until the couple’s civil divorce proceedings are complete to sentence his wife on the criminal matter.

He said the civil case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 28.

“We’re going to try to settle before that,” Dennis Racine said Monday.

Erzsebet Racine has been in custody at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility since March, when she was arrested as she tried to hire an undercover informant to kill her husband for $5,000.

She pleaded no contest in June to the charge of solicitation to commit murder.

In a letter to The Union, Erzsebet Racine said she left her husband before the incident “because of domestic issues.”

Dennis Racine said his wife had struggled with bipolar disorder for most of their 11-year marriage.

Since the arrest, Dennis Racine has taken care of their two children, 10 and 5.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service has also put a hold on Erzsebet Racine, who was born in Hungary, and may deport her after she is released from jail.

Nevada County Judge Robert Tamietti has said he would like to sentence Racine to a combination of jail time and a year in a secure mental health facility, but no facility of the kind exists in Nevada County.

Racine’s attorney, Monica Lynch, has said a mental health facility in Sacramento would take the defendant for a fee, which the defendant may not be able to afford, depending on the amount she is awarded in the civil case.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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