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Counselor admits paying 'hitman' to assault her ex-boyfriend

A mental health counselor has admitted she paid $4,000 to a person she thought was a hitman to assault her ex-boyfriend. Federal prosecutors say Diane Sylvia pleaded guilty Tuesday to solicitation to commit a crime of violence with the intent to seriously injure another. The 60-year-old Somers Point resident faces up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced Jan. 27. Sylvia is a licensed clinical social worker with a private mental health counseling practice in Linwood. She asked one of her patients in September 2018 if he could recommend someone who could assault her ex-boyfriend. She claimed the ex-boyfriend had stolen money from her and was extorting her.   

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