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She tried to have a person murdered for $5,000, it's a decision that will now cost her several years of freedom


Oct. 5 2021, Published 9:28 a.m. ET

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A woman who tried to pay someone on the dark web to have another person kill was sentenced to prison for the murder-for-hire plot.

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Kelly Harper was arrested in February in connection to the plot. She pleaded guilty to two counts related to the murder-for-hire plan, and this week a federal judge sentenced her to six years in prison, according to court records.

Harper faced up to 10 years of incarceration when she was charged.

As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, Harper was arrested in February in Wisconsin. Journalists investigating murder-for-hire schemes on the internet saw a dark website that Harper used.

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The journalists then told the FBI about the plot and the victim, according to court paperwork.

Harper talked to administrators for two murder-for-hire sites and offered $5,000 for the hit, according to court records. Harper wrote, “The target needs to be killed, he is a white 5-foot-5 male, dark brown short hair, blue eyes, weighs 165 pounds.”

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Harper also described the victim’s vehicle, where the victim worked and their cell phone number.

The victim was only identified by initials in court paperwork and investigators did not disclose the relationship between Harper and the victim. Officials also did not say why Harper wanted the person murdered.

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Harper paid one of the sites using bitcoin, according to police. In one case, the site asked for proof of payment and Harper shared a screenshot of her bitcoin wallet with$5,633.87

FBI agents searched Harper’s home and found screenshots of the dark web sites, along with the pictures she sent to the administrators of the sites, officials noted.


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