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Inmate charged in murder-for-hire of assistant district attorney

Montello (WKOW) -- from WI Dept. of Justice:  One inmate at the Marquette County Jail held a grudge.

  The Marquette County Sheriff believes that a jail inmate Frederick L. Lucht was seeking to hire a hit-man to kill a Portage County Assistant District Attorney, to burn down the home of Lucht's ex-girlfriend, and to have the ex-girlfriend's boyfriend beaten.  

  A special Agent from the DOJ/DCI was assigned to work the case undercover.

  A cooperating inmate was identified and helped law enforcement in confirming information the officers got in the investigation. 

  As the investigation moved forward, the undercover Special Agent met with Lucht.

   On several occasions those meetings included conversation initiated from Lucht that the undercover agent would receive a payment of $5000 for killing the Assistant District Attorney, $3000 for beating the boyfriend and $2000 for burning down the ex-girlfriend's home. 

  The undercover agent received a piece of collateral as a way to seal the deal, expecting full payment once Lucht was released from jail on charges unrelated to this incident.

  After the investigation, authorities filed a criminal complaint Lucht has been charged with:

  • Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Intentional Homicide, a Class B Felony which carries a maximum sentence if convicted of 60 years in prison;
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson of a Building, a Class C Felony which carries a maximum sentence if convicted of $100,000 fine or 40 years in prison or both;
  • Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery, a Class E Felony which carries a maximum sentence of $50,000 fine or 15 years in prison or both.

  Lucht will make his initial court appearance on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:15 in Marquette County Circuit Court.

  The case is being handled by Marquette County District Attorney Richard Dufour.

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