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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 5:30 am

  Investigators have learned additional details about the attempted contract killing of a Geneva man,  Pennsylvania state police said Friday.

  State police have charged Alberta Jane Rolfe, 64, Mansfield, Pa., with one count each of solicitation of criminal homicide and illegal sale of a firearm after she allegedly was caught ordering her husband's murder. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 25 before Mansfield Magisterial District Judge James Carlson.

  Arresting Trooper Jason Miller said Alberta Rolfe wanted Lyle Rolfe, of Geneva, killed because she found out he was going to remove her from his will. She allegedly gave undercover police a Bryco 380-caliber pistol, and did not comply with Pennsylvania firearm transfer laws.

 Alberta's daughter reportedly told police that Alberta had been planning the murder for weeks. On May 20, Alberta allegedly discussed mailing poisoned cookies to Lyle. She also allegedly sent her daughter several text messages about the planned killing.

 Alberta settled on a plan to give her daughter poisoned cookies on June 11, then mail them in a way they could not be traced. Alberta had reportedly calculated the dollar amount she would receive in life insurance claims once Lyle was dead.

 Her daughter reported the matter to state police on June 5 and undercover police contacted Alberta June 11. She reportedly told police about the poisoned cookie plot and gave them the pistol as collateral to mail the package. She also allegedly told the officers they could keep Lyle's safe. When the undercover police left Alberta's home with the gun and a map of Lyle's house, other officers arrested Alberta.

 She remains at Pennsylvania’s Tioga County Prison without bail.

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