Bitcoin is now being used by bad guys to satisfy their hatred.
A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for participating in an unsuccessful hire-murder conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.
forty years old Jessica Lane Sledge Pleaded guilty in February to hiring an alleged assassin on the dark web and paying him in bitcoin to kill her ex-husband, now in Mississippi.
U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced Sledge to 120 months in federal prison, three years of supervised probation and a $1,000 fine.
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Sledge declined to speak at her sentencing, allowing her written statement in court to stand and having her attorney speak on her behalf.
Her defense attorney, John M. Colette, said his client was a “first-time offender” with “zero chance of a second offense.” He asked the court to consider a sentence of around five years in prison.
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Sledge admitted in court that between September and November last year, she contacted a killer via Whatsapp in an attempt to destroy her spouse.
Oops: Alleged ‘killer’ turns out to be FBI agent
An FBI agent was the “killer” she paid to carry out the assassination, according to prosecutors.
She has scheduled a face-to-face meeting with “Killer” in Brandon, Mississippi, on Nov. 1, 2021, to provide additional payments and details about her intended target.
According to the author, Sledge made bitcoin payments totaling about $10,000 for murder “victim 1” on October 4, October 9, and October 10, 2021
Between October 22 and October 26, Sledge gave FBI agents specific details about her husband. According to court documents, it contained various images of her spouse and photos of the cars he usually drives, including license plate numbers.
The investigation indicated that the intended target was not harmed. Sledge relinquished her rights after her arrest and revealed she was involved in a murder-for-hire scheme.
Jessica Leeann Sledge. Image: MCSO
Not the first time Bitcoin has been used to hire killers
Sledge’s case isn’t the first involving the use of cryptocurrency to pay for gun hire.
A Beverly Hills man pleaded guilty to using bitcoin to try to hire a hitman to murder his ex-girlfriend because she wanted to stop their short-lived romance, federal prosecutors said in June.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said at the time that Scott Berkett, 25, who pleaded guilty to murder for hire, paid about $13,000 in bitcoin for the woman’s death.
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Another woman also pleaded guilty to federal charges of hiring a hitman to murder her ex-husband using cryptocurrency in March.
Kristy Lynn Felkins, 37, faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to using an interstate business facility to commit a murder-for-hire conspiracy, the Justice Department said.
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