LONDON, ONT. - Linda Snell, in handcuffs and sniffling, turned around in the prisoner’s box gazing mournfully at the man she wanted to kill.
Her common-law husband, Max Parker, hearing for the first time the lengths Snell, 51, and her friend, Marie Anne Colpaert, 47, had gone to find someone to knock him off, sat in the back of the courtroom, shaking his head.
She’d gone as far as to pay a man known as “Bam Bam” $500 to run him off the road. She floated the idea, knowing that Parker can’t swim, to have someone knock him out of a boat while fishing or push him off the Port Stanley pier.
Just three months ago, Parker, intentionally kept in the dark by police and the Crown because he was a potential trial witness, had been willing to post bail for Snell, a woman he’d met on the Internet years earlier.
On Wednesday, Snell and Colpaert pleaded guilty to a joint charge of counselling to commit murder.
Colpaert’s role was minimal and she was sentenced to time served since he