Woman who offered hitman bitcoin to off husband sentenced to prison
A Nevada woman who fell for a scam murder-for-hire website and pays a hitman in Bitcoin pleads guilty, and a US court issues her prison sentence.
Kristy Lynn Felkins, the Nevada woman who admitted to virtually hiring a hitman for $5,000 in bitcoin with the purpose of liquidating her ex-husband “and make it look like an accident” has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The 38-year-old, according to her 2020 indictment, began her dark web quest in 2016 when she started communicating with an alleged hitman website supposedly offering murder-for-hire services. The indictment also underscored that Felkins had hoped her husband would be murdered while on a work trip to Chico, California. However, authorities indicated that the website was a scam that only served to defraud naïve clients of their money.
According to court records, she entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in March in order to avoid going to trial on a charge of murder-for-hire. Later, on Thursday of last week, a California US district court judge additionally ordered that Felkins get three years of probation after serving her sentence.
In a statement admitting her guilt that was filed into the court record as part of her plea agreement, Felkins declared that she had proposed to pay an extra $4,000 to expedite the timing of the murder plan back in March 2016.
She acknowledged that she "did not care" if her ex-husband's new girlfriend "was harmed during the murder".
Felkins said that she wanted her ex-husband's death to appear to be an accident because she intended to get a sizable life insurance payout following his passing. She allegedly inquired whether it was "possible to make it seem like it was a mugging gone wrong?"
In September, Felkins, who had been free, was told to turn herself in to start completing his sentence.