A 45-year-old Kirkland woman who was a suspect in an alleged murder-for-hire plot pleaded guilty yesterday to a lesser charge of trying...
A 45-year-old Kirkland woman who was a suspect in an alleged murder-for-hire plot pleaded guilty yesterday to a lesser charge of trying to arrange the beating of a witness in an identity-theft case.
Elizabeth Coan pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to solicitation of second-degree assault, as well as first-degree theft, first-degree identity theft and seven counts of forgery.
Prosecutors dropped a solicitation of murder charge because they couldn’t prove Coan intended for the witness to be killed, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Other charges, including solicitation of malicious placement of an explosive, also were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Coan was charged with identity theft last summer for using the identity of a customer at her Kirkland mortgage company to lease a $58,000 Mercedes-Benz. According to prosecutors, she then asked her son, Nicholas, to arrange the intimidation of several witnesses before the start of her trial on that charge.
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Nicholas Coan, 28, later agreed to become a police informant against his mother after he was arrested in an unrelated theft case.
Elizabeth Coan pleaded guilty yesterday to asking her son to arrange the beating of the dealer who’d leased her the Mercedes so the dealer would forget his testimony. She also pleaded guilty to writing several fake checks while her identity-theft trial was pending.
She is to be sentenced Aug. 5 in the assault case; prosecutors will recommend she serve seven years in prison.
Elizabeth Coan was arrested Jan. 23 on suspicion of witness intimidation, and the arrest received attention because Nicholas Coan had been shot and killed two days before.
His girlfriend, Sadie Eggleston, was later charged with first-degree manslaughter for allegedly shooting him accidentally with his pistol during an argument in their Kirkland apartment. Police say the shooting was not related to Elizabeth Coan or her case.
Eggleston, 27, is to go on trial on the manslaughter charge Sept. 1.
Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org