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Jessica Sledge was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she paid a BTC Hitman to kill her ex-husband

A woman in Mississippi was sentenced to Ten years in prison after She reportedly paid up to $10,000 in bitcoin to a killer she wanted to hire to kill her ex-husband. Jessica Lynn Sledge, 40, pleaded guilty to the crime last February.

Jessica Sledge heads to prison

Court documents indicate that she intended to hire the killer between September 21 and November 1 last year, and that she used interstate commerce to engage in the deal. Upon her release, Sledge will have to undergo three years of supervised probation and pay a $1,000 fine.

Maybe everything would have worked out except what Sledge didn’t realize was that the killer she was after was an undercover agent with the FBI. Prosecutors say the victim was never harmed because the deal never took place. Carlton Reeves was the judge who oversaw Sledge’s sentencing. When making the sentence, he cited a paragraph from Brian Stephenson’s book “Just Mercy” and said:

Everyone is more than the worst thing they have ever done. This is clearly a case like that, based on the letters and his criminal history.

He also added his own thoughts on the matter, claiming:

But this is a terrible crime. Planning to kill a person is an unusual crime. Any ruling must reflect that this is a truly serious crime.

Sledge’s attorney, a man named John Collette, initially sought leniency for his client, saying she had no prior record of the incident. Thus, as a first-time offender, the judge and the court must make it easy for her and offer her a reduced sentence.

However, prosecutors responded, claiming that Sledge also inquired about the use of the alleged killer’s skills in a double murder. She allegedly told the secret agent that she was romantically involved with another man and was looking forward to marrying him once her ex-husband was taken out of the equation.

The plaintiffs said:

Premeditated for this … the efforts I made to plan for this over time, but for the fact that the FBI gave [undercover] Agent, I knew Mrs. Sledge [this murder] was going to happen.

Collette argued that the allusion to a double murder was merely a test of the killer, and that Sledge had no desire to insult anyone else. He commented:

[The government] He’s played this “second victim card” from referee until today. There was no one else. They had all this time. If there is a second person, then there will be another charge and another person.

A very disturbing issue

Reeves said the nature of the case was deeply troubling and stated:

What we have here is a systematic plan to kill her husband. All this is very worrying for the court and the law itself.

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