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Three charged in plot to kill Barron County man

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BARRON, WI (WTAQ) - Prosecutors said a Rice Lake woman arranged for her lover and another man to kill her ex-husband -- and the two men tried killing him six times before they finally succeeded.

29-year-old Trista Raven-Hrabak was charged Monday in Barron County with being a party to first-degree intentional homicide. The same charge was filed against the boyfriend, 34-year-old Ian Skjerly of Rice Lake -- and an alleged hired hit man, 37-year-old Robert McBain of Cameron.

All three are charged in last Monday's shooting death of 33-year-old Daniel Raven at his home near Barron.

According to prosecutors, Skjerly said the woman wanted her ex-husband dead because she had disputes with him over child support. Officials said McBain was offered up to $800 to help Skjerly pull off the murder, and they had tried several times since last November.

Deputies said Raven was shot twice through a window with a deer rifle last Monday night.

All three suspects are being held under bonds of a quarter-million dollars each. They're due back in court next Monday for preliminary hearings.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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