Florida Man Gets 15 Years For Trying To Have Child Witness Killed
A Florida man faces 15 years in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to kill the child he was accused of molesting as well as her mother and aunt.
It was a sick plot to ‘get rid’ of all witnesses to his sick crime that was thankfully foiled by the man’s own cellmate.
“The Ledger reports 28-year-old Richard Palmer was sentenced this week after pleading no contest to charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Prosecutors reduced a lewd molestation charge to attempted lewd molestation and dropped one of the two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and one count of solicitation to commit arson.
Authorities say Palmer asked his cellmate at the Polk County Jail for help last year in finding someone to kill the girl who had accused him of molesting her when she was 11. He also wanted the girl’s aunt and mother killed.
The cellmate notified law enforcement officers, who arranged an undercover detective to pose as the killer.”
The arrest report says that when Palmer, 26, made his agreement, he did so with a Polk sheriff’s undercover detective. That’s why, as of Tuesday, Palmer is facing two counts of solicitation of first-degree murder and one count of arson in addition to two counts of adult molestation of a child under 12. The Winter Haven man pleaded not guilty to the molestation charges.
In February 2013, a girl told the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that she had woken up to find Palmer’s hand inside her panties fondling her. When her cousin, sleeping in the same bed, woke up and asked Palmer what he was doing, he removed his hand and left.
The cousin seconded the girl’s account and said that Palmer had kept trying to grab the little girl’s butt throughout a cookout the next day.
The sentence seems pretty light considering one of his would-be victims was a child who was already victimized by this creep.
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