Richard Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot against Assistant United States Attorney
Columbia, S.C (STL.News)United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that a federal judge has accepted a guilty plea by Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate Richard Robert Gilbert for a murder-for-hire and retaliation plot against an Assistant United States Attorney and a confidential informant. The plea calls for Gilbert to serve 262 months, consecutive to the 130-month sentence for which he was already in federal prison.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to hold accountable those who seek violent retribution against law enforcement officers and those who assist the government,” said U.S. Attorney McCoy. “We stand united with our law enforcement partners. We are undeterred by bad actors and will ensure the rule of law is upheld.”
Evidence presented in the court showed that Gilbert was serving time at a federal prison in Edgefield for trafficking methamphetamine in Bowling Green, Kentucky, when he sought to hire a hitman to kill the federal prosecutor and a key witness from his Kentucky case. Using a contraband cell phone in prison, Gilbert communicated with an undercover task force officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was posing as a hitman.