A South Carolina man has pled guilty to trying to hire a hitman to kill his black neighbor. Luckily for the neighbor, the hit man turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Here's what we know
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina, 26-year-old Brandon Cory Lecroy reached out to a white supremacist organization in order to murder his black neighbor, who has not been identified. The FBI found out what Lecroy had planned and intercepted with an agent who posed as a hitman.
On March 28, 2018, Lecroy reportedly offered the undercover FBI $500 to make his neighbor "a ghost." He also asked the agent to put a "flaming cross" in his neighbor's front yard and requested that his neighbor be hung from a tree.
The entire conversation was recorded. According to the New York Times, Lecroy sent pictures of the man he wanted killed and a second unidentified potential target to the agent. He also wanted an untraceable 9-millimeter gun. It is not clear what he was going to use the gun for if he intended to have the FBI agent commit the murders.
In addition to his racist motivations, Lecroy also said that he hoped to take his neighbor's property.
After this, Lecroy met with the agent in person and talked about additional targets he wanted killed. He also gave the agent $100 in cash as a down payment for the first murder. As soon as the money changed hands, the FBI had all it needed to arrest him.
Lecroy was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with three additional years of court-ordered supervision. He pled guilty to one count of murder for hire.