Mississippi Woman Gets 10 Years Prison for Using Bitcoin to Pay For Failed Murder-for–Hire Plot

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice a Mississippi woman was sentenced for 10 years for her failed murder-for hire plot.

Jessica Leeann Sledge (40) was sentenced to 10 year in federal prison. She will also receive three years of supervised probation and a $1,000 fine.

Sledge had previously pleaded guilty, admitting that she used interstate Commerce facilities to order a murder for hire between September 2021-November 1, 2021. 

She used the “Whatsapp” application to arrange the murder of her ex-husband, Jerry, according to WLBT. The outlet reported that according to comments made during Sledge’s sentencing, the two have gotten divorced or are in the process of finalizing their divorce. 

But, “hitman”According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Sledge who was hired to murder was actually an FBI Special Agent. She met with the undercover agent in Brandon, Mississippi, on Nov. 1, 2021, to provide additional payment and information about her intended victim.

According to the Department of Justice, investigators concluded that she used dark web to hire hitman. She also made three Bitcoin payments to the hitman totaling $10,000.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, investigators stated that the intended victim was unharmed. After her arrest, Sledge waived all rights and admitted her involvement in the murder-for hire plot.

According to WLBT, Sledge’s attorney, John Colette, asked for leniency, stating that Sledge was a “first-time offender”With “zero likelihood of recidivism.”

Assistant U.S. Lawyer David Fulcher refuted Colette’s allegations and pointed the judge at a transcript from Sledge’s conversation that Colette believed was with the hitman. WLBT reported. According to the report, Sledge allegedly said to the agent that she might have another victim and that a different method might be needed.

Fulcher also reported that Sledge said to Fulcher that she was currently in a relationship with another man and had talked about getting married after the murder.

According to WLBT Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court stated that Sledge never voiced fear or doubts regarding the execution of the murder during their conversations.

“What we have here is a methodical plan to kill her husband,”Reeves stated that WLBT was used. “All of that is very troubling to the court and the law itself.”

WLBT reported that Sledge would complete her sentence at the Federal Bureau of Prison’s women’s facility in Aliceville, Alabama.

Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.