Yonkers woman pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

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A Yonkers woman has pleaded guilty to organizing a murder-for-hire plot.

Authorities say Laquanna Kershaw helped organize and plot the crime, which was foiled by authorities.

It all stemmed from a shooting at a Mount Vernon bar back in 2016. Kershaw’s boyfriend was one of the defendants in that case. Investigators say she was trying to help him kill off a key witness.

On Wednesday, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office announced that Kershaw pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the second degree.

Her boyfriend and co-defendant Jason Garcia, who is the alleged leader of the G-Shine Bloods Gang, was found guilty last month of several charges, including attempted murder.           

Investigators say Kershaw would visit Garcia in jail to plot the murder of the witness.

It was considered a sophisticated plan - a phone used to direct orders from jail was found in Garcia’s body after he was X-rayed.

Investigators say Kershaw even passed Garcia a phone charger during a visitation kiss.

Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino told News 12 a year ago the lengths Garcia went to hide the charger.

"The DA's office obtained a court order for an X-ray of Garcia's body. At the time, the cellphone was found to be hidden in Garcia's anal canal," he said.

Kershaw is facing up to 21 years in prison. She is scheduled for sentencing on June 25.

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