LAYLAND, W.Va. — The wife of a Fayette County man charged with sex crimes against children is now in jail for allegedly trying to have him killed.
State Troopers arrested Sarah Swaggerty of Layland and her friend Tammy Bair over the weekend after Swaggerty allegedly gave an undercover police officer $500 as a down payment to kill her husband, Gale Swaggerty. He was recently arrested on 21 separate criminal counts involving alleged sexual abuse and assault of children.
Sarah Swaggerty, 53, and Bair, 40, were booked Sunday in the Southern Regional Jail. They are being held on $100,000 bail each. They are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.
State Trooper J.L. Milam told WVVA-TV Sarah Swaggerty called someone in Pocahontas County to do the job and that person called police.
“She pretty much said she wanted her husband dead and she wanted it to look like an accident,” Milam told WVVA. “She was going to pay at first $2,500. She was going to pay $500 up front.”