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East Aurora woman sentenced for attempting to hire a hitman on the dark web to injure ex-boyfriend

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Posted at 3:22 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 03:22:36-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — An East Aurora woman who was arrested in March for attempting to hire a hitman on the dark web to injure her ex-boyfriend, was sentenced on Wednesday.

According to the the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York, 48-year-old Yanyan Lesser solicited a hitman with the screen name "Tree1," on the dark web to assault her ex-boyfriend with the initials, "G.Z.," in Florida back in February.

Here's a timeline of Lesser's communication with the hitman, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office:
• On February 14, 2019, the defendant posted, “Because of a business dispute, I would like to give this guy a lesson. Give him a good beating and legs broken, waist broken and even cripple the mark of his legs.” The defendant also shared an image of a person’s lower back with the words “broken waist” written on it;
• On February 16, 2019, the defendant posted, “Please give him a good beating and let he always walk in wheelchair;”
• On February 18, 2019, the defendant posted, “And also give him good beating of his body, and must be broken his legs to make him walk by wheelchair or crutches forever;”
• On February 19, 2019, the defendant posted, “Make the crippling be permanent, so that Chinese guy will always walk in wheelchair” and “must be broken his legs that he will never heal and never be back to normal, so that he always walk in wheelchair. Remember: crippling! Robbery!”

Lesser was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to serve an unspecified amount time in prison, along with one year of supervised release.

In addition to time served, Lesser will not be allowed to have a computer, or a phone with internet capabilities.