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Man arrested for soliciting someone to murder his wife

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By Tom Wilmoth

A former Bedford man has been charged with hiring someone to murder his wife.

Kevin Colgan, 61, who now lives in Roanoke was arrested Thursday after an investigation in which Colgan allegedly attempted to hire an undercover officer to murder Sara Colgan, who lives in the 5700 block of E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, since October 2012 Colgan had been in the process of divorcing his wife. Throughout the divorce process, Kevin Colgan allegedly made threats towards Sarah Colgan, which resulted in an active protective order against Kevin Colgan, the BCSO release stated. The final divorce hearing is scheduled for August 27, 2014, in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Over the last several months, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators have been aware of several threats Kevin Colgan allegedly made against Sarah Colgan, the release stated.

According to authorities, on Wednesday, June 18, Kevin Colgan met with an undercover investigator and discussed wanting his wife murdered. During this meeting Kevin Colgan advised the investigator he would pay him to kill her.

On Thursday morning June 19, the two met again in Bedford County. Authorities state Kevin Colgan drove the investigator by Sarah Cogan’s home. Investigators arrested him at 10:10 a.m., Thursday and charged with him with solicitation to commit murder of Sarah Colgan. He was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown credits the arrest in this case to the combined efforts of the Roanoke Police Department, Salem Police Department, Roanoke County Police Department, Vinton Police Department, Bedford Police Department and the Virginia State Police.