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A Mississippi woman who pleaded guilty to hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves announced the verdict on Monday. The verdict against Jessica Leeann Sledge, 40, of Pelahatchie in the botched hit-and-run job also included a $1,000 fine and three years’ suspended parole after her release from prison.
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Sledge refused to provide oral testimony during the sentencing hearing. His attorney, John Colette, said his client was a first-time offender with “no risk of recidivism.” Through her office, Colette declined to provide the Associated Press with any further explanation.
US Attorney David Fulcher said the crime was premeditated and recommended the court give the maximum sentence of 10 years, which was offered as part of a plea bargain.
“The intent of it…Ms. Sledge knew [this murder] was going to happen,” Fulcher said.
Sledge pleaded guilty to using interstate commercial facilities in the commissioned homicide investigation, said United States Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Jermicha Fomby, a special agent at the FBI’s Jackson field office.
Between September 2021 and November 2021, Sledge used the internet, his cellphone and a messaging app to hire someone he believed to be a murderer. However, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office, the person was an undercover FBI agent.
On November 1, 2021, Sledge met with the person he believed to be the killer in Brandon to provide payment and information about his future victim. According to previous testimonies, Sledge attempted to kill her ex-husband, WLBT-TV reported. He escaped the accident unscathed, the US Attorney said. After his arrest, Sledge relinquished his rights and admitted his role in the conspiracy.
Judge Reeves said the crime plot justified his conviction.
“What we have here is a methodical plan to kill her husband,” Reeves said. “All of this is of great concern to the court and the law itself.”
Reeves said the court will recommend that Sledge complete his sentence at the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Women’s Center in Aliceville, Alabama.