Pennsylvania woman who allegedly had her stepfather killed has been released from jail after a magistrate reduced her bail on Thursday.
Kendra L. Dias of Sugar Notch, Pa. allegedly had several people to gun down her stepdad Donald Bachman, 49, on May 1, 2015
Dias, 24, is accused of having ‘hired hitmen to kill her stepfather for $1500 and his Harley Davidson
She ordered the hit because her step-dad was a community activist who reported criminal activities to police
Although awaiting trial on charges of soliciting murder, Dias who’s pregnant walked out free from jail on April 11
District Judge Richard M. Cronauer previously set Dias’ bail at $1 million straight cash, but reduced it to $500,000 unsecured bail on Thursday
The unsecured bail means that Dias was be able to leave the Luzerne County Correctional Facility
Will only need to pay the $500,000 if she fails to appear at her next court appearance – consequently, while she awaits trial, the accused is walking the streets of Luzerne County
The victim’s daughter, infuriated by the judge’s action has attacked the decision
A 24-year-old pregnant woman accused of putting a hit out on her stepfather four years ago, has walked free from jail, after a magistrate reduced her bail on Thursday.
Kendra L. Dias of Sugar Notch, Pa. allegedly had several people to gun down Donald Bachman, 49, at his home yet still had her $1 million bail cash bail essentially reduced to nothing owed upfront.
This meant that while she awaits trial, she is walking the streets of Luzerne County, report Times Leader.
The shooter, who was allegedly paid $1,500 along with getting his Harley Davidson motorbike to kill Bachman in May 2015, is as yet unidentified.
Police say she ordered the hit because the 49-year-old was a community activist who reported criminal activities to police.
The victim’s sister has said the decision to let her out is ‘bull’ but prosecutors have stressed that there are ‘extenuating circumstances’ – possibly the fact that she is pregnant and has two children.
Kendra L. Dias appeared before District Judge Richard M. Cronauer on charges of criminal solicitation to commit homicide and criminal conspiracy to commit homicide.
Donald Bachman was gunned down outside his house in the early morning hours of May 1, 2015 when he came home from work
Prosecutors are accusing the Sugar Notch woman of soliciting several people to kill her stepfather, Donald Bachman, 49, who was gunned down outside of his Willow Street home on May 1, 2015. She allegedly paid an unknown person $1,500 to perform the hit. So far, a shooter has not been identified.
She was charged Feb. 20 with criminal solicitation to commit homicide and criminal conspiracy to commit homicide.
Dias, through her attorney Nanda Palissery, waived her right to a hearing, sending the charges up to Luzerne County Court. However, they did this under an agreement made with prosecutors to allow for the reduction of bail.
Kendra Dias covered her face as she was led into a magistrate’s office in Wilkes-Barre, in Feb. Dias who is accused of paying someone to shoot and kill her stepfather, Donald Bachman, in front of his home in Wilkes-Barre in 2015, was arrested nearly four years after Bachman’s murder
Cronauer previously set Dias’ bail at $1 million straight cash, but reduced it to $500,000 unsecured bail on Thursday.
Unsecured bail means that Dias was be able to leave the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, and will only need to pay the $500,000 if she fails to appear at her next court appearance.
Court records viewed Thursday night indicated Dias had been released.
Conditions on unsecured bail also mean that she has to wear an electronic monitoring device at all times and inst allowed any contact with Bachman’s family or any potential witnesses in the case.
Dias will only need to pay the $500,000 if she fails to appear at her next court appearance.
Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino, who is lead prosecutor on the case, asserted: ‘In the event that she violates, she understands that she’ll be back in prison.
‘Under the law, she’s entitled at this point to bail, but we’re entitled to put conditions on bail to guarantee she’s going to answer to these charges and essentially walk the straight-and-narrow while she’s on bail.’
‘It’s not sufficient enough for me,’ added Judi Comisky, the victim’s sister.