DarkWeb-Bitcoin Murder for Hire Mastermind Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Jessica Leeann Sledge of Pelahatchie, Mississippi, has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

Sledge allegedly attempted to hire an assassin through a darkweb website using Bitcoin.

Sledge was sentenced for “using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire,” according to the DOJ.

Accirdung to the DOJ, Sledge attempted to contact an assassin online between September 2021 and November 2021.

Sledge sent three payments using Whatsapp totaling $10,000 in Bitcoin on October 4, 9, and 10 of last year.

Sledge did not know that the assasin she was trying to hire was a federal agent who met Sledge in Brandon, Mississippi, on November 1, 2021, where she was arrested and admitted to her role in the murder-for-hire plot.

In addition to a ten-year prison sentence, Sledge was fined $1,000 and will spend three years on supervised release following the completion of her prison term.

Sledge’s payments in October 2021 were made when Bitcoin was priced at around $54,771.