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Former Warren attorney convicted for part in theft ring

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A former high-profile defense attorney from Warren who served an eight-year prison stretch for plotting to murder her husband awaits sentencing for another crime.

Maridee Costanzo pleaded guilty on Thursday to receiving stolen property as part of a plea deal worked out in Geauga County Common Pleas Court.

A charge of falsification was dropped.

Costanzo was a well-known defense attorney in Trumbull County until she was convicted of attempting to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

The offense resulted in an eight-year stretch in federal prison for Costanzo.

After her release from prison, but while still on probation, Costanzo wrote to the judge who sentenced her saying she had turned her life around.

On May 19 deputies from Geauga and Trumbull counties searched the Warren home of the 59-year-old former attorney, looking for more than $100,000 worth of antiques and historic artifacts stolen from another residence.

Investigators say a month-long investigation, included interviews, surveillance, narcotics purchases, and undercover purchases of stolen property.

Between the investigation and when police searched Costanzo's home, three other suspects were arrested on 4th-degree felony charges of receiving stolen property.

Costanzo is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday.

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