Holyoke couple charged in alleged plot to kill rape victim

Husband and wife being held on cash bail

Hampshire Superior Court/Northampton District Court in Northampton COURTESY: Mass.Gov

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An accused rapist and his wife are now charged with plotting to kill the victim in the rape case, in order to get charges dismissed.

Northwestern District Attorney spokesperson Mary Carey told 22News 38-year-old Jason Coons and 50-year-old Cynthia Coons, both of Holyoke, are being charged with conspiracy to commit murder following an investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit and Hampshire County House of Corrections. The couple has been ordered to have no contact with one another.

Jason Coons was already being held at Hampshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, and intimidation of a witness. Carey said the investigation revealed he and his wife allegedly conspired to kill the alleged victim in the pending rape case, in an effort to get the case thrown out.

Cynthia Coons was arraigned on April 27 and is being held on $100,000 cash bail. Carey said Jason Coons’ bail in the other case was revoked, and he is now being held on $200,000 bond.