Man used white supremacist group to hire "hit man" for black neighbor

10 May, 2018, 14:32 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • South Carolina man 25 tried to enlist white supremacists to kill his black neighbor for $500

A SC man is accused of trying to hire a hit man through a white supremacist group to kill his black neighbor.

The man was arrested the same day he made the down payment and was later charged with murder for hire and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

A probable cause affidavit doesn't say how Lecroy came in contact with the undercover agent, or why he allegedly wanted his neighbor dead.

Lecroy found the "hitman" through a white supremacist group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The FBI started investigating Lecroy after a private source claimed he tried to hire a white supremacist group to murder his black neighbor.

Little did he know, the man he tried to hire turned out to be an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, according tot he U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, allegedly attempted to hire a hit man to murder his black neighbor, hang the man from a tree and place a "flaming cross" in his yard, the Index-Journal reported.

"Five hundred dollars and he's a ghost", Lecroy said during the phone call, according to the court document.

Lecroy and the agent spoke multiple times on the phone and in person between March and April.

The agent said Lecroy advised he had other targets he wanted killed as well.

Brandon Lecroy, 32, gave a person he believed to be a hitman a $100 deposit to carry out his crimes and planned to pay a full $500-he also meant to kill more people later, according to CBS News. It also was unclear whether Lecroy and his neighbor personally knew each other. A judge orderd him to psychiatric examination. It wasn't immediately clear where Lecroy was being held.

The maximum penalty he could face is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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