Shoreview woman charged with paying man to beat partner

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: April 17, 2010 - 5:35 PM

APPLETON, Wis. - A woman whose domestic partner was killed in Wisconsin three years ago has been charged with paying someone to beat the victim a year before the slaying.

Dianna M. Siveny, 50, now of Shoreview, Minn., was charged Friday in Outagamie County with solicitation of substantial battery and being party to criminal damage to property. She was arrested Friday in Ramsey County, Minn., and was being held pending extradition to Appleton, a prison official said Saturday.

Prosecutors say Siveny and her daughter paid a man $300 to attack Lara Plamann, Siveny's domestic partner, with a baseball bat in 2006. The man told investigators his orders were to break bones and "rearrange her face," but that he backed down because another woman was at Plamann's home at the time he planned to commit the assault.

The man's statements came as part of the investigation into Plamann's October 2007 death. Her body was found in a shed at the Greenville home she shared with Siveny. She had been shot in the head.

No charges have been filed in connection with Plamann's death, but the investigation is continuing, Outagamie County district attorney Carrie Schneider said.

No telephone listing could be found for Siveny. In an interview last year with The Post-Crescent of Appleton, she denied offering anyone money to hurt Plamann in any way. She claimed investigators were targeting only her.

"They have not looked anywhere else since day one," she said.

The charge relating to criminal damage stems from allegations that Siveny paid her daughter and a Minnesota woman to vandalize a car owned by one of Plamann's friends in August 2007.

Together, the two charges against Siveny carry a maximum penalty of more than four years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

A search warrant unsealed last year claimed Siveny and her daughter plotted to hire someone to injure or kill Plamann because Siveny was upset that Plamann was seeing another woman.

Siveny's daughter, 31, is serving a four-year prison sentence in Minnesota on drug convictions.

Schneider said she doesn't immediately plan to file charges against the man paid to attack Plamann, the woman paid to vandalize the car or Siveny's daughter. Charges could still come later, she said.

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Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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