Missouri women convicted of murder

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Katherine A. Mock, 58, of Cassville, and Elain Kay Young, 57, of Novinger, were convicted of federal conspiracy charges and murder-for-hire involving the murder of Young's husband on Monday by a federal court jury in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Mock and Young planned and caused the murder of Young's husband Melvin B. Griesbauer, on March 23, 2006, so that Young could collect his insurance policies which totaled $1.2 million.

The defendants were convicted of one count each of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one felony count of murder for hire. According to testimony, Mock had sought someone to kill Young's husband. Gloves and a ski mask purchased by Mock were found after the murder with evidence linking them to Griesbauer's shooting death.

The six-day trial was held before United States District Judge Henry Autrey. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

Each defendant is facing life in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the Adair County Sheriff's Office, the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Kirksville Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Tom Dittmeier, Michael Reilly and Patrick Judge prosecuted the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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