Family spokesperson speaks out after man arrested in murder for hire scheme

Roger Young (Source: Saline County Sheriff's Office)
Roger Young (Source: Saline County Sheriff's Office)

ELDORADO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois State Police arrested a man accused of trying to hire a person to murder his wife.

Roger Young, 61, of Eldorado, Ill. was arrested around 11 a.m. on March 31 and charged with solicitation of murder for hire.

A family spokesperson says Roger and Linda Young filed in divorce in August and split up, but got back together in October.  They halted divorce proceeding and have been living together since.  The couple has been married for 40 years.

The family spokesperson says the couple has still been squabbling off and on since getting back together.

According to the spokesperson, while Linda was at work Saturday, March 31, Roger allegedly met with someone at the couple's home and made plans for that someone to kill Linda.  The source says money was exchanged, and a plan for Linda to get into a car wreck was allegedly devised.

The source says the person Roger was talking to was an undercover police officer. The source says Illinois State Police told her they have audio and video surveillance of the "deal" going down.

Linda is "very upset" and "trying to handle this as best she can."

The family spokesperson says Linda is re-filing for divorce and has requested an Order of Protection against her jailed husband. She goes before a judge Thursday to get that order of protection certified.

Roger is a retired coal miner who suffered a neck injury in 2000 and hasn't worked since.

It's come as a shock to the family. The source says Roger is a friendly guy and he gets along with everyone.

Roger is due back in court on April 24 at 9 a.m.

The charge of solicitation of murder for hire is a Class X felony punishable of 20 to 40 years.

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