Vancouver mom pleads guilty to soliciting murder of lover's wife

Lori Goulet's sentencing is July 31

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver mother of three pleaded guilty today to solicitation to murder her lover's wife and to stalking another victim.

Lori Lyn Goulet, 40, sent an anonymous letter Oct. 29 to her estranged brother, Kevin Newsom, asking him to kill Carmady Perez, 26, of Vancouver, according to a probable cause affidavit. Perez was never harmed. In the letter, Goulet falsely accused Perez of child abuse, court documents say.

Investigation of the crime, which included perusing Goulet's computer, led to the discovery of at least one other victim and to additional charges against Goulet.

Goulet pleaded guilty today to second-degree solicitation to commit murder, misdemeanor stalking, cyberstalking and filing a false report of child abuse or neglect.

The victim of the stalking and cyberstalking is Debra Mora whom Goulet attempted to frighten, intimidate and harass for a period of 10 years, according to court documents.

Goulet is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. July 31 when Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke will hear from victims in the case.

The prosecution and defense negotiated a plea deal in which both sides will recommend that Goulet be sentenced to 10 years in prison, said Steven Rucker, Goulet's defense attorney. Stahnke may choose any sentence in the state's standard range of more than 92 months to 165 months, Rucker said.

Goulet offered Newsom $800 for the murder and provided Perez's address, the time of day the murder should be committed, a description of vehicles parked at the residence and how to handle the family's dogs, according to the affidavit. The email gave specific instructions not to hurt Perez's husband, who was reportedly Goulet's lover, or the couple's three children. Goulet and Perez each have three children, according to court documents.

Goulet worked with Perez's husband, Edward Perez, at ABM Janitorial Services. Goulet also was married at the time of the crime and lived with her husband and three children in a home in the Sifton neighborhood, according to court documents.

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