She spoke to her secretary about finding men to kill her brother, and the secretary reached out to a friend of hers, Anthony Navarro. Navarro found the dangerous gang members, and Perna gave them the information to kill her brother.
She cruelly even used Montemayor’s own resources to fund her murder plan.
Perna sweetened the deal for the gang members by offering them all the money that Montemayor kept in coffee tins in his garage. It was believed that there were several thousand dollars in them.
Montemayor had thought the kidnapping was solely for his money. He was never meant to live, but he potentially saved the lives of his wife and his three kids by his heroic refusal to give the kidnappers his address.
Navarro was sentenced to death, a rarity in California, for his part in hiring the gang members. Perna was the brains behind the entire operation, but she received life without the possibility of parole in 2006 for her role.