Indiana woman accused of plotting murder with son found in Montana

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Renee Perillo

UPDATE (May 11, 2017)– Richard Perillo will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and interstate transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony.

Original story:

MONTANA (June 22, 2015) – A woman wanted in connection with a bizarre murder plot against a Hamilton County attorney has been captured in Montana.

Richard Perillo

Richard Perillo

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals and a local police SWAT team took Renee Perillo, 51, into custody Monday.  Perillo will face extradition back to Indiana and faces similar charges to her 21-year-old son Richard Perillo, who was captured by U.S. Marshals in California earlier this month.

Both suspects face a number of charges, including:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder, a Level 2 Felony
  • Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Carrying a Handgun Without a License, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Criminal Trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle, a Class B Misdemeanor

The two are accused of concocting a plot to kill an attorney. The attorney’s husband found them hiding in the trunk of the couple’s car on May 22. The pair said they were homeless and sleeping. After being charged with misdemeanors, they posted bond and were released. The attorney was pursuing unpaid settlement money from a man Renee Perillo is dating, court documents said.

Soon after the pair’s release, detectives found a stolen car with both Perillos’ identification inside. They also found a long list of disturbing items. According to court documents, they included:

  • Tranquilizer gun with four darts
  • Box of ammunition
  • Two machetes
  • Long-handled shovel with fresh dirt on the blade
  • Blond colored long-hair wig
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Alcohol prep pads and antibacterial wipes
  • Glock .40 caliber magazine fully loaded
  • Commando saw
  • Hammer
  • Multiple pairs of gloves
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Brown walking cane, two men’s hats, shirt with a white collar such as would be worn by a priest or clergyman
  • Silicone mask designed to cover the entire head, depicting an elderly man’s face/head

An inmate at the Hamilton County Jail said the younger Perillo bragged about the plan and said they’d planned to do a “hit” on the lawyer. They’d hidden in the car for hours, investigators said.

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