By PHILLIP BANTZ
The Keene Sentinel: April 21, 2009
The Hancock mother and son at the center of an alleged murder-for-hire plot have struck plea deals with prosecutors, court documents show.
Guido “Tony” Boldini, 43, and Constance “Connie” Boldini, 76, each face one count of solicitation to commit murder, a special felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
The Boldinis met with an undercover police officer acting as an assassin named “John” in September in a Keene parking lot, according to Cheshire County Attorney Peter W. Heed.
During a conversation that was captured on surveillance video inside John’s vehicle, the Boldinis agreed to pay $10,000 to have a woman murdered and provided photographs of their target, according to Heed.
Guido Boldini signed a notice of intent April 2 indicating he will plead guilty to the murder plot in exchange for a N.H. State Prison sentence of eight to 20 years.
He is expected to plead guilty in front of a judge and be sentenced Wednesday at Cheshire County Superior Court.
If the judge hands down a sentence that is harsher than Guido Boldini expected, he can back out of the deal and pursue a jury trial.
Any defendant who signs a notice of intent form is not locked into a guilty plea. The form is simply a statement of intent, and the guilty plea is not official until the defendant confirms it during a court hearing.
Twelve days after her son notified prosecutors of his intent to plead guilty, Constance Boldini took the same step.
Her pending deal is for 41/2 to 15 years at a state prison. She also may back out of the plea if she doesn’t like the judge’s sentence. Her court hearing has not been scheduled.
Constance Boldini’s age and lack of criminal record factored into her plea negotiation, Heed said.
Heed declined to comment further on the details behind the Boldinis’ plea negotiations until they have their plea and sentencing hearings in court.
Constance Boldini’s Keene attorney, Christopher F. Wells, did not respond to a message seeking comment on the case.
Guido Boldini’s public defender, Hampton W. Howard, also did not return a message seeking comment.
The apparent target of the murder-for-hire plot, Michelle Hudon, was involved in a custody dispute with Guido Boldini, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her young son, neighbors who were familiar with the situation told The Sentinel.
The neighbors also said Hudon and Guido Boldini were involved in a conflict over land. Constance Boldini owns nearly 44 acres off Bonds Corner Road in Hancock, where she and Guido Boldini lived before their arrests, according to property records. Hudon’s home sits on 5 acres at the edge of Constance Boldini’s property, and Guido Boldini believed that if he obtained Hudon’s land he would have an easier time selling his mother’s property, the neighbors said.
They said Guido Boldini believed Hancock was becoming too populated and wanted to use the profits from the sale of his mother’s property to relocate to a remote area in Canada and live off the land.
Hudon, who was trying to sell her house and land when the alleged murder plot was hatched and foiled, has not been reachable for comment.
She obtained a restraining order against Guido Boldini in March 2007 after she accused him of pulling their son out of her arms and punching her in the chest. Guido Boldini’s pending plea negotiation bars him from having any contact with Hudon.
The Boldinis have declined comment through Cheshire County jail Superintendent Richard N. Van Wickler. They remain at the jail in Westmoreland.