Prisoner Charged with Additional Criminal Offense

In an interesting case involving an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, an Illinois inmate finds himself facing more legal trouble. A man, already serving time for an unrelated crime, has been charged with trying to pay another person to murder his ex-wife. The additional criminal offense could result in 30 to 40 years in prison if he is convicted, in addition to the time he is already serving.

According to authorities, the man supposedly asked another inmate if he would kill his ex-wife. It is not clear how much money was offered for this action and his motives are not known. The witness is considered to be a confidential informant, and his name has not been released to the public. Readers will also note that other evidence definitively linking the inmate to this alleged crime is not listed, but any evidence can be challenged by his defense.

When a person is already serving time or facing criminal charges, it is particularly troubling if new allegations surface. With the help of a lawyer, this inmate can defend himself against the new charges of solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder. A conviction for these charges may result in most of his life being spent behind bars, which necessitates quick action by an experienced defense team.

Illinois readers will note that a previous criminal conviction does not preclude a person from exercising his or her right to a defense. A criminal offense supposedly committed by a person already serving time is especially complex, but, fortunately, a lawyer can determine how best to approach these new legal circumstances. Building a strong defense begins with a case evaluation with an experienced defense lawyer.

Source:, “Southern Illinois inmate charged with murder-for-hire plot“, Nov. 20, 2015

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