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Wife arranges for husband's death to get out of marriage

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. - Problems at home have led to a guilty plea by a Monroe County husband and wife. 

Robin Transue, 43, pled guilty Dec. 20 to solicitation to commit aggravated assault and statutory sexual assault. Her husband Keith Transue pled guilty to criminal coercion. 

Officials say Keith was holding information against his wife regarding her sexual interactions with a 14-year-old boy. He used it as leverage to prevent a divorce, which caused his wife to plot his murder.

The investigation began when a friend of the couple reported to police that Robin was trying to get him to kill her husband.

Detectives of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department wired the friend and listened in on conversations the two had where Robin talked freely about arranging for her husband's murder, according to a news release from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney.

Through the wire intercept, detectives heard Robin discuss potential death scenarios such as using a medication that would fake a heart attack, setting up a suicide by slipping her husband an overdose of Valium, or making the death look like a hunting accident.

During the discussions Robin had with her friend, she mentioned her husband had to die because he had proof of her sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy. 

Instead of Keith reporting the matter, he 'held it over her head' to prevent her from trying to divorce him, the news release states. 

Detectives notified Keith of the threat to his life and also interviewed the sexual assault victim who said the acts were consensual and occurred about six years ago. 

Both Robin and Keith are scheduled for sentencing March 20. 


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