Utah prisoner, 29, ‘solicited other inmates to kill the 13-year-old girl he is accused of raping’
Kristoffer Jones, is facing charges of soliciting other inmates to kill girl he is accused of sexually assaulting in a murder-for-hire scheme
Kristoffer Jones, 29, was arrested in January on child sex offense charges
He’s been held at the Purgatory Correctional Facility, in Utah since March on four counts of rape of a child, one count aggravated sex abuse of a child and three counts sex abuse of a child
After months of investigation at the jail where he’s being held, he is now facing further charges of solicitation of murder
Jones had taken ‘substantial steps from inside the correctional facility’ to have the girl killed in an effort to stop her testifying, according to court documents
He pledged money, provided her home address and school schedule, her parents schedule
He further specified she could be killed in a drive-by shooting, by hitting her with a car, or by injecting her with insulin
Washington County Sheriff’s Office say he allegedly solicited several inmates to either kill or assist in coordinating the murder of a juvenile witness and victim in the case for which he is currently incarcerated.
Cops said they were made aware of the alleged murder-for-hire scheme through information gathered by deputies at the Purgatory Correctional Facility’s Corrections Intelligence Unit [CIU].
In a statement the sheriff’s office said: ‘Detectives were able to obtain evidence to substantiate the information reported by the CIU and continued their investigation into the solicitation plot.
‘With the aid of an undercover officer, sufficient evidence was gathered to support the fact that Jones had taken substantial steps from inside the correctional facility, to carry out the plot to have the juvenile victim/witness killed in an effort to prevent them from testifying in the pending criminal case against him.’
The suspect has been in jail since March when he was charged with four counts of rape of a child, one count of aggravated sex abuse of a child and three counts of sex abuse of a child, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Jones had taken ‘substantial steps from inside the correctional facility’ to have the girl killed ‘in an effort to prevent [her] from testifying in the pending criminal case against him,’ according to the news outlet.