Nevada Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Trying to Hire Hitman with Bitcoin

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TO Snowfall woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for trying to hire a hitman using Bitcoin (BTC) kill her ex-husband.

Kristy Lynn Felkinsthe 38-year-old resident of Fall on, Snowfallpleaded guilty in March to one count of murder-for-hire as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to a Press release from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).

According to court documents, Felkins entered into a plea agreement to avoid going to trial.

After sentencing, a US District Court judge in California ruled that once Felkins completes her prison term, she would be released under supervision for three years.

In 2016, Felkins transferred 12 Bitcoin, then valued at $5,000, to the operator of a website on the Tor network called kiss mob, which claimed to offer assassination-for-hire services. Today, the Bitcoin he sent would be valued at nearly $360,000.

Court documents revealed that for four months in 2016, Felkins had ongoing conversations with the administrator of the Besa Mafia website.

She provided detailed information about her ex-husband’s whereabouts, including his home address, vehicle, and work hours.

She wanted it removed while in Chico, California, according to a criminal complaint filed in 2020.

Authorities later revealed that the Besa Mafia website was simply a scam designed to defraud unsuspecting customers.

In a guilty plea, Felkins admitted offering an additional $4,000 to speed up the schedule for the March 2016 assassination plot.

She also claimed that she “didn’t care” if her ex-husband’s new girlfriend was harmed as a result of the murder.

Felkins reportedly asked the alleged hitman to make the murder look like an accident.

According to his statement, he asked the alleged hitman if it was possible to stage the murder to make it look like a mugging gone wrong.

Felkins had told the Besa Mafia manager that she would benefit financially from her ex-husband’s death.

“I’m running to get your retirement, our house and possibly a big life insurance payout,” he said.

Felkins, who has been out of custody, was ordered to turn himself in in September to begin serving his prison sentence.

This incident resembles a similar sting operation that led to the arrest and jailing of a Mississippi woman last year.

In that case, the woman paid $10,000 in Bitcoin to what she believed to be a hitman, but it turned out to be an undercover federal law enforcement officer.

At the time, the woman was sentenced to the legal maximum of 120 months in prison for “using facilities of interstate commerce in the commission of murder for hire,” according to a Justice Department. presentation.