Mississippi woman arrested after reportedly trying to enlist assassin in murder-for-hire plot

Published 2:30 pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Mississippi woman was arrested Tuesday in a murder-for-hire plot.

Jessica Leeann Sledge, 39, of Pelahatchie, is charged in a federal criminal complaint with the use of interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire.

Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi made the announcement Wednesday.

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The complaint alleges that between September 2021, and November 1, 2021, Sledge used facilities of interstate commerce with the intent to hire an assassin to murder an individual in Mississippi.  Unknown to Sledge, the “hitman” she hired via the internet to commit a murder was in fact an FBI Special Agent.  The intended victim was unharmed.

Sledge will make her initial appearance in federal court in Jackson before United States Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball. If convicted, she faces up to ten years in federal prison.

This arrest resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief Dave Fulcher.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation by a sworn affiant that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to due process, to include a fair trial, during which it is the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.