Leslie LaChance who is also known as Leslie Zdehovan and Leslie Garcia, has received her slap-on-the-wrist punishment for conspiring to kill her husband and allowed to cop the widely and increasingly misused Alford plea.
In 2013, LaChance, 49, met a man online from London and began an online relationship with him. Her husband found out about the relationship because in early August he caught his wife communicating with the man from London in a video chat.
The online boyfriend watched the angry husband confront his wife and contacted police who, according to the LVRJ, arrested the husband on a domestic violence charge.
Later in the month the unnamed boyfriend traveled to Las Vegas to met LaChance in person, and they stayed in a succession of hotels and motels. She moved around because she was using her husband’s credit cards and didn’t want him to be able to track her.
LaChance informed her boyfriend that she met with a friend and was introduced to someone who would kill her husband for a fee, and he contacted police.
Through a series of meetings arranged with the boyfriend’s cooperation LaChance spoke to a detective that she thought was a friend of her boyfriend’s and confirmed her plans to have her husband killed. She said that she had already paid a down payment to someone of $5,000 to kill her husband
During the course of the investigation authorities located bank withdrawals and other evidence, including forged checks, that supported the murder plot initiated and arranged by LaChance and charges of embezzlement was later added.
LaChance was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. Had she been tried on those charges and found guilty, LaChance could have received a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
Instead, legal wrangling resulted an Alford plea for LaChance.
Leslie LaChance was sentenced on Tuesday to six-months incarceration to be served at the CCDC. The time she has already served would be deducted from that sentence. Further, LaChance has been allowed to serve her probation in Pennsylvania because she allegedly cares for her ill mother.
According to a current Clark County inmate search there is no record reflecting that LaChance is currently in custody in Nevada.