Mississippi man indicted in federal murder-for-hire case

February 1, 2016 in News, The Buzz

14604625-mmmainjpg-59ff27f9f31f1946NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 35-year-old Mississippi man has been formally charged in a murder-for-hire case.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite said Saturday that Jeffery Howard, of Nicholson, Miss., was charged in a one-count indictment with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.

Court documents show an investigation by the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism division and the New Orleans Joint Terrorism Task Force became aware of Howard, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Howard was arrested in Pearl River County.

Howard allegedly sold drugs to an undercover law enforcement officer and during one of the sales, Howard volunteered that he would be willing to commit a murder in exchange for money. Polite’s office says Howard later accepted payment to commit a murder.

If convicted, Howard faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.