Forty-five-year-old Nicole Faccenda from Lyndhurst, NJ, may have just been a "soccer mom" at one point, but her life is nothing like the average suburban woman's these days. Three years after soliciting a murder-for-hire to kill the new girlfriend of her longtime boyfriend, Faccenda is in prison in West Virginia, serving a 10-year sentence. And for the first time since being convicted, she's speaking out about what drove her to the crime.
Faccenda, who said in an email to ABC News that she "was a woman destroyed by emotions" and is now "paying for it dearly," was first introduced to a man she thought was a killer in the parking lot of a supermarket. But the man was actually an undercover officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives -- the ATF.
The meeting was being recorded on hidden cameras. Apparently, Faccenda, who had "watched a lot of Lifetime movies," actually suspected the hit man was an undercover agent, but proceeded to plot the other woman's murder, handing over a $2,000 down payment with the promise of another $18,000 when the woman was dead. And get this ... she said that if the woman's children got in the way, "Oh well, I'm sorry." OMG.
It seems that these days, Faccenda has quite a bit of remorse for her actions, but she's still pointing to her emotions as an excuse, explaining:
I know in my heart that if it were not for the persistence and constant pressure from the CI (Confidential Informant) and the ATF agents wanting to make their case, I would not be here today. I was at an emotional low point in my life and they took advantage of that.
Oookay. Still, no one else is responsible for her outrageous, unbelievable actions except for Faccenda. Thankfully, it sounds like she does accept that to an extent, telling ABC:
I thank God every day that no one got hurt from my careless actions. I will be indebted to my family and friends for their support. I would like to apologize to the victim and her family. I am not -- and have never been -- a violent person. I was a woman destroyed by emotions and I am paying for it dearly.
She also begs other women who may be considering following in her footsteps to heed her advice:
My message to any woman who has had her heart broken and has felt the pain of loss in every bone in her body ... is to take a deep breath and think before speaking. Your words are powerful weapons, and you will be held accountable for them and it is definitely not worth it.
Sadly, it seems like there was much more to the story than destructive emotions and Faccenda failing to think before she spoke. There is obviously a difference between being heartbroken and hiring a hit man! The one thing Faccenda definitely gets right ... she is paying dearly now. Not for her heartache or her angry words, but for her unfathomable actions.
What do you make of Faccenda's explanation? Do you think she is hiding behind her emotions?