Two women are found guilty in federal court of both charges in the death of Melvin B. Griesbauer of Novinger, Mo. Elain Kay Young and Katherine A. Mock were convicted of federal conspiracy charges and murder-for-hire involving the murder of Youngâ??s husband. According to the United States Attorneyâ??s Office, Young and Mock planned and caused the murder of Griesbauer, Youngâ??s husband, on March 23, 2006, so that Young could collect his insurance policies. Young, 57, Novinger, Mo., and Mock, 58, Cassville, Mo., were convicted of one count each of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one felony count of murder for hire. The six day trial was held before United States District Judge Henry Autrey. Sentencing will be set at a later date.Each defendant is facing life in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.The case was investigated by the Adair County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Barry County Sheriffâ??s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Kirksville Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Tom Dittmeier, Michael Reilly and Patrick Judge prosecuted the case for the U.S. Attorneyâ??s Office.Previous stories:Heartland murder trial heads to the jury - Monday, March 19, 2012Both Kathy Mock and Kay Young have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder for hire and murder for hire.
Opening arguments for Young/Mock trial - Tuesday, March 13, 2012The federal murder trial in the shooting death of an Adair county man back in 2006 moved into its second day Tuesday.Six year old Heartland murder case finally goes to trial - Monday, March 12, 2012Trial of pair charged in six-year-old murder begins.