Bronx mother sentenced to prison following murder-for-hire plot

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A Bronx mom will now be going to prison after recruiting an undercover cop in a murder-for-hire plot.

According to the Bronx District Attorney’s office, 45-year-old Annette Spann employed a hire gun to keep a man from testifying against her son, who was charged in the nonfatal shooting of the man two months earlier.

“The defendant, a Bronx mother whose son allegedly shot a man, hired a hitman to finish the job,” said District Attorney Darcel Clark. “She paid $1,000 to the supposed hitman, who was actually an undercover detective. The defendant will now go to prison for trying to end someone’s life and for trying to subvert the criminal justice system.”

Spann, who lives on East 178 Street, was sentenced June 24 to two and one-third years to seven years in prison. The defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy on May 26.

According to the investigation, on Nov. 14, 2019, Spann met with an undercover detective who she believed was a hitman. Spann is seen on video counting money and paying the detective $1,000 for the hit job.

Spann provided specific information about the intended victim’s whereabouts and associates. The defendant was arrested on Nov. 22, 2019. Her son, 26-year-old Candido Lizarro, also known as Candido Lizarra, was arrested Dec. 11, 2019 in Florida for allegedly shooting the victim on Sept. 2, 2019 and was extradited to the Bronx. The case against him is pending.

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