CAMDEN, New Jersey (Nov. 8, 2018) — A screwy shrink has been busted for trying to hire a hitman to brutally beat a man who she said was shaking her down for cash, saying: “he needs his pretty little face bashed in.”
Diane Sylvia, 58, a mental health counselor in Linwood, New Jersey, began trying to arrange to attack in September, when she asked one of her patients — a former member of a violent gang — if he could help her kill someone, prosecutors said.
She said the man, who lives in Massachusetts, “had been bilking her for money over the years,” and she wanted him hurt, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The former gang member, however, contacted the FBI, who had him introduce Sylvia to an undercover agent acting as a hitman. She told the agent that she didn’t really want the target dead, but rather beaten and permanently disfigured.
“He needs his pretty little face bashed in, that’s what I really want,” she was quoted as saying. She later added that “a broken arm would help, too,” explaining that “all he has is, like, his big muscles and his cute face.”
She later repeated, “I really just want his face punched in, I swear to God. And his arm broken, that’s what I want.” When the undercover agent asked why Sylvia wanted to do this, she claimed the man “ended up with some stuff on me that he was gonna report me to the licensing board, which means I have no job.”
When asked how assaulting this man would help Sylvia, she replied, “It’s just gonna make me feel better” and “it’s the only way I can get him back.”
The agent then told her to get a pre-paid phone for them to further discuss the assault. In further meetings, at Sylvia’s officer, she said she wanted an attack, that would disfigure the target.
“Something that makes him not so cute,” she said, while making a slashing motion on her chee. “Something so he can’t do push-ups, so he can’t work out.”
Sylvia then agreed to pay the undercover agent $5,000 and she was arrested. She was charged with one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, which carries a sentence of up to five years if she is convicted.