Murder for hire sends Mock to prison for life

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Cassville woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars for her involvement in a murder-for-hire scheme that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Novinger man in 2006.

Katherine Mock, 57, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in St. Louis on Monday. Elain Kay Young, 56, of Novinger, Mock's alleged accomplice in the murder for hire, also received a life sentence for her role in the shooting death of Young's fourth husband, Melvin B. Griesbauer, 48, on March 23, 2006.

A federal jury found Mock and Young guilty of murder for hire and conspiracy to commit murder for hire in March after a six-day trial.

According to the federal indictment, Mock was approached by Young about finding someone to kill her husband. It is alleged that Mock first tried to recruit someone to kill Griesbauer, offering two different people $6,000 and $10,000.

When those arrangements failed to materialize, Mock allegedly left her home in Cassville on March 22, 2006, and drove to the Young-Griesbauer home in Novinger. She stopped at the Walmart in Republic and bought a ski mask that was later found and used to match her DNA.

The indictment alleges that Young picked her husband up from work and when the couple returned home, Mock and Young caused the death of Griesbauer by shooting him in the head with a .30-30 Winchester caliber rifle.

On April 6, 2006, Mock was taken into custody at a mental health facility in Joplin. Both women were indicted by a federal grand jury in 2009.

The prosecution claimed Young wanted Greisbauer dead in order to claim $1.2 million in insurance money.

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