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Woman accused of hiring hit men to get out of her hit-man-related troubles

Linda Gillman, 70, faced new charges on March 9 of soliciting a hitman while she was in jail for trying to find someone to kill her husband. (Video: KSL)
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The number of people Linda Tracy Gillman allegedly wants killed keeps growing.

Gillman, 70, has been accused three times of putting out contracts to kill people, beginning with her ex-husband, Duane Gillman, and his new wife.

Linda Gillman, of Herriman, Utah, was found guilty on Friday of one count of criminal solicitation — a first-degree felony — and acquitted of a second count for that attempt, local NBC affiliate KSL reported.

But those weren’t the only theatrics last week surrounding the case. She was also charged Friday — the same day — with new counts of solicitation of a hit man.

It gets complicated, so stay with us here.

December 2016

Gillman was first charged with soliciting her condo’s handyman, Christian Olsen, to help arrange the killing of her ex-husband and his new wife, paying Olsen $5,000 and promising $100,000 more after the deed was done, according to KSL. The plan involved making it look as though Duane Gillman died in an accident so his life insurance payout could be collected.

Duane Gillman’s attorney, Richard Van Wagoner, told The Washington Post on Sunday that Linda Gillman was paying $10,000 a month for a $4 million policy on her ex-husband, even in jail. Duane Gillman was unaware that the policy was active, Van Wagoner said.

“This has weighed heavily on my clients, and knowing she continues to try and apparently continues to have resources available to her, they continue to fear her,” he said.

February 2017

A fellow inmate at the Salt Lake City County jail accused Gillman of approaching her for arrangements to have Olsen killed for reporting her to authorities. “Gillman referred to herself as ‘the bank,’ and said that she ‘could make everything happen,’ ” according to court documents obtained by The Post.

The accuser said Gillman used the word “green-light” in the discussion, common slang for having someone killed, the documents stated. Gillman was charged with obstruction of justice. That charge was dismissed in November, KSL reported.


On the same day that she was convicted of the original offense of seeking a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Gillman was charged with two new counts of criminal solicitation for allegedly seeking yet another hit man from jail.

“She had lined up an individual who would take the witness out,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said, referring to Olsen, “and, in addition, asked to have an attorney killed in an opposing civil action against her that she had lost,” according to KSL. That attorney, Brady Gibbs, represents a company that worked on her condo, I-D Electric, court documents said.

“My family, my law partners and I find the allegations extremely serious and deeply disturbing,” Gibbs told The Post in a statement, “especially considering Ms. Gillman’s recent conviction on a similar charge.” The company sued Gillman over $1,864 of unpaid work.

A fellow inmate told investigators that Gillman said she would post her bail if she agreed to then break into a storage unit and destroy two CDs of recordings of Gillman and others that were vital to the case. That person was then to arrange for the killing of Olsen if he did not sign a confession letter.

The trial

Authorities in February intercepted a check Gillman gave to a lawyer filled out for $155,000, potentially bound for an unidentified killer identified as “M.K.” written on the envelope and check, court documents stated.

Gillman talked about “eliminating a witness,” “taking her out” and having “two homicides on our hands” in recordings with a confidential informant, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported, referring to the original attempt to kill her ex-husband. It was not clear where and when the recordings were made.

Linda Gillman’s attorney, Colleen Coebergh, did not respond to a request for comment. She argued in court that Olsen had manipulated her client for money. Olsen could not be reached for comment.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Gill, the district attorney.

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