PD: Blind woman hires hitman to kill rival

Posted at 4:22 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 00:58:06-05

A blind woman is accused of hiring a hitman to kill a rival in a bizarre love triangle out of Avondale.

A Dept. of Corrections officer alerted police that an inmate source told him a woman he knows, 37-year-old Alice Marie Pleasanton, wanted to have a woman killed.

Police say that Pleasanton wanted to be the "only girlfriend" of an inmate who is in prison until 2025 for a drive-by shooting.

An undercover officer posing as a hit man contacted Pleasanton to make the arrangements for the killing. During that conversation, the officer asked for a description of the target. Pleasanton said she didn't know because she's blind, having lost her sight when she was shot in the head. 

When asked how she wanted her killed, Pleasanton allegedly responded,"Who cares? Out of sight, out of mind. I don't want to know nothing."

Police say that after originally agreeing to a price of $1,000-$2,000, Pleasanton later wanted it done for free. When told, "This isn't goodwill, I ain't working for free," Pleasanton went back to her source and asked for the name of another hit man.

Police then raided Pleasanton's home near Van Buren and Dysart in Avondale.

"They surrounded the whole place...then they went inside and took her and some stuff out," said a neighbor. "It's crazy. I thought we had some nice neighbors."

When police contacted the intended target, she told officers she didn't know who Pleasanton was.

Police have asked that Pleasanton be held without bail because they believe she may still be looking for another hit man.

The intended target told police she fears for her children's lives.

Pleasanton has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.