Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody has condemned Priscilla Ellis (51, Killeen, Texas) to 65 years in sovereign jail for murder-for-hire, declare retaliation, and bonds counterfeiting. A sovereign jury found her guilty of these offenses on Mar 9, 2017. The judge systematic the 65-year judgment to run uninterrupted to a 40-year judgment formerly imposed following a before sovereign conviction.
According to justice documents, following a three-week hearing in Oct 2016, Ellis and her two co-defendants were convicted of conspiracies to dedicate general income laundering and mail and handle rascal and were remanded to sovereign custody. After nearing at the Pinellas County Jail, Ellis immediately began soliciting other inmates to support her in anticipating a hitman to murder one of the witnesses who had testified during her trial, as good as the mom of a second hearing witness. Meanwhile, she destined coconspirators in Nigeria and Texas to create electronic images of tawdry cashier’s checks with face values totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars that were to be cashed and used to compensate for the murders.
Over the march of the next week, Ellis “hired” an clandestine FBI agent posing as a hitman and supposing pithy instructions on how she wanted her targets killed. On Oct 28, 2016, a family member behaving at Ellis’s instruction supposing a down remuneration on the murder contracts to the clandestine agent posing as the hitman in Texas, with the residue to be paid only after the dictated victims were killed.