Murder solicitation case sees new twist
By CRAIG McCOOL
PETOSKEY — A local man took a plea deal that will land him in prison for trying to arrange the murder of his girlfriend's estranged husband.
Robert Dalgliesh, 43, of Petoskey pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder and agreed to testify against his girlfriend and co-defendant, Tammy Williams, said Luce County prosecutor Peter Tazelaar.
The agreement calls for a sentence recommendation of four to 20 years in prison, Tazelaar said. A hearing is set for Feb. 20.
Dalgliesh, a parcel delivery driver who sometimes made runs to the state prison in Newberry, hatched a plan with Williams, 40, to convince an inmate to kill Williams' estranged husband, a prison guard at the facility, police said.
Michigan State Police said the couple hoped to cash in on the would-be victim's life insurance policy before the divorce was finalized.
Dalgliesh had conversations on multiple occasions with an inmate who helped unload the delivery trucks, state police said. The inmate was cooperating with authorities the entire time.
"We had him (Dalgliesh) on tape so there was really no way he could deny it,” Tazelaar said. "We have her (Williams) on tape as well, but she continues to deny it.”
Dalgliesh and Williams lived together in Petoskey. He was arrested Nov. 9 on a traffic stop the day after making his final delivery run to the prison. Williams was arrested in Petoskey that evening.
Williams has been bound over to Luce County Circuit Court on murder solicitation charges, which carry a potential life sentence.
(On a personal note; this guy had been our Fed Ex man for years and one never would have thought him capable of this. The "lady" involved was also someone who worked in Newberry and ya never would have guessed her capable of a murder for hire scheme. All kinds of things have come out about her since this first started; for instance, that she is/was a member of a witch cult of some kind. I guess ya just never know about ANYONE!)
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