Because she paid $10,000 in bitcoin to an assassin who was supposed to murder her husband, Jessica Sledge will spend the next ten years in prison.
Jessica Sledge, a 40-year-old resident of Pelahatchie, Mississippi, was given the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison by the US Department of Justice. The wife hired a “hitman” in 2021 and gave him $10,000 in bitcoin to kill her spouse.
American law enforcement officials learned that Jessica Sledge had used the Dark Web to recruit a murderer in September 2021. She gave him $10,000 in bitcoin a month later so he could murder her spouse.
An undercover police officer who was aware of Sledge’s plans approached her and introduced himself as the “hitman” she had designated for the job. She was able to confirm the crypto transaction and its goal after listening to several taped discussions.
Sledge agreed to meet the FBI agent she believed to be the assassin in November 2021, provided him with further cash, and once more demonstrated her murderous scheme.
The police could therefore arrest her because they had sufficient proof. She received the maximum penalty allowed by law, which is 120 months in prison, according to a recent pronouncement by United States District Judge Carlton W. Reeves. In addition, she will be required to pay a $1,000 fine and undergo stringent supervision from law enforcement for three years following her release.
The targeted victim was “ultimately unharmed” because of the American authorities’ precise operation.