Sterling Woman Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIâ€™s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Liam Oâ€™Grady.
Cinnamon pled guilty to murder for hire, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 4, 2012.
According to court records, in August 2011 Cinnamon contacted a man to ask his help in hiring someone to murder an individual that she described as her boyfriendâ€™s â€œmistress.â€ From that time through October 2011, Cinnamon took steps to carry out the murder, including offering to pay $500 to the hit man, paying $100 as a down payment and planning her alibi.
Court records indicate that the man she contacted brought the request to the attention of the FBI, and his interaction with the defendant was closely monitored by law enforcement. Cinnamon was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 20, 2011, following a meeting she had with the man in a Great Falls shopping center, where they discussed the murder plot and the plan for payment.
The case is being investigated by the FBIâ€™s Washington Field Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Fahey and Special Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Pientka are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
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