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Kansas man faces federal charges for allegedly hiring hit man


It is usually the state’s responsibility to deal with violations of state statute. But sometimes a crime that breaks a state law is also a federal crime. This is the situation a Kansas man finds himself in after police arrested him for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill his wife.

A confidential informant recently contacted Kansas City police to report that a Basehor man allegedly discussed hiring him to kill his wife. The informant called the suspect to say he was holding the man’s wife and daughter. This was not the truth, but undercover investigation is legal and informants may lie to gather information about an alleged crime.

Police say the man supposedly told the informant to release his daughter but to kill his wife. The informant reported that the suspect had agreed to pay him $1,800 for the contract killing. The undercover hit man later called the man to tell him his daughter was free, but he had killed his wife. Kansas City police contacted the suspect to tell him his daughter had been found, so he should come to the police station. When he did, police questioned him about the plans for the alleged contract killing and placed him under arrest.

The suspect was turned over to federal authorities and he will remain in federal custody until trial. The man’s wife was unharmed.

People suspected of violating federal crimes, such as murder-for-hire could face serious consequences if convicted. However, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty, whether they are accused of federal crimes or state crimes. In order to avoid a guilty conviction, it would behoove accused individuals to seek appropriate defense as soon as possible.

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.

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