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A team of undercover FBI agents recently foiled a South Carolina man’s plan of ‘ghosting’ his African-American neighbor. According to the case report, the South Carolina man planned on paying a hitman $500 to have the man living next door killed with an untraceable weapon.
South Carolina Man Wanted to Place a Flaming Cross on Neighbor’s Lawn
On Tuesday, Brandon Lecroy of Hodges was formally charged with making criminal solicitations. According to the authorities, the South Carolina man was under scrutiny for some time due to his overtly racist attitude towards his next-door neighbor.
In early March 2018, Lecroy set in motion a fiendish plan to have his African-American neighbor removed and his body mutilated. To this end, the man contacted a hitman, using a white supremacist chatroom. Little did he know that the man who should have carried out the murder was, in fact, an undercover federal agent.
After contacting the hitman, Lecroy shared the detail of his plan. The man employed to do the job was to purchase an untraceable 9-mm gun. Subsequently, he was to gun the victim inside his home and afterward hang his body from a tree.
Moreover, the South Carolina’s court documents reveal that he was also planning on lighting up a makeshift cross, which should have been placed on the victim’s front lawn.
For doing his dirty work, Lecroy promised the hitman $500, with a $100 down payment. The sum offered in advance should have covered for the weapon and anything the murderer needed to carry out the job.
Fortunately, Lecroy was taken into custody and charged with soliciting criminal services and attempted murder. He was booked into county jail.
Should the jury find the South Carolina man guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to a quarter of a million dollars.
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