Man Faces Federal Charges Over Hit On Ex-GF’s New BF
When the Kyle Rittenhouse case was still making headlines, some wondered if the federal government could step in and file charges against Rittenhouse. They might have, but there was no relevant murder statute under federal law to charge him under. That’s because the federal government does not handle murder cases typically unless they involve multi-district conspiracies. In the case of Rittenhouse, there was no legitimate multi-district conspiracy and hence, the federal government had no statute under which to charge him with murder.
The same cannot be said for a Florida man who attempted to arrange a hit on his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend using the U.S. mail. According to federal prosecutors, he used the U.S. mail to solicit a hitman to perform the hit on his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. However, because the federal government stopped the hit while it was in progress, the man will only face a maximum sentence of ten years.
This was straight vengeance. The defendant is accused of arranging the murder for hire with a supposed hitman. The prosecution has evidence of three pieces of correspondence indicating his desire to have the hit performed. The final letter has $10,000 and images of the victim. The defendant then booked a flight out of the country for an obvious alibi. Upon return, authorities learned of the plot and arrested him. Additional evidence was uncovered from his home.
The “hitman” was identified as a gun store owner, but his name has not been released. It is unclear that he was actually involved in the plot in any way. He also could have been the individual who alerted authorities to the plot. At this point, it is unknown how law enforcement uncovered the plan. But chances are good that they were told by either someone close to the defendant or by the man with whom he’d arranged the hit.
Analyzing the charges
The charges have been filed by the federal government because the federal government investigated the case. However, the defendant may only face ten years on what is literally attempted first-degree murder. In Florida, attempted first-degree murder is charged the same as a successful first-degree murder.
In this case, the defendant intended to kill the victim, acted in furtherance of the goal of killing the victim, exchanged money with another individual to kill the victim, and left the country so that he would have a strong alibi if the police ever considered him a suspect. Had the police not intervened on the victim’s behalf, the victim may well be dead. These are all strong elements of an attempted murder prosecution.
However, if the hitman never attempted to carry through on the threat, then the elements of an attempted murder prosecution may not be there.
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