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LA Man Sentenced to Prison in Murder for Hire Case

A California man will spend five years in prison for trying to hire a hitman using the darkweb.

Scott Quinn Berkett, 25, was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to using interstate facilities to commit murder for hire.

The sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 87 to 108 months in prison.

Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing agreement:

“Defendant’s crime was not a momentary lapse of judgment, but a premeditated plot to kill the victim because she rejected his advances. While attempting to take a life is atrocious enough, Defendant’s chosen method of carrying out the crime — using the Dark Web to hire a hitman and cryptocurrency — speaks to his sophistication, meticulous planning, and attempts to anonymize his illegal conduct.”

Berkett met the intended victim online. After she flew from her home state to LA to have sex with Berkett, she ignored Berkett’s messages. Berkett tried to contact the woman through different social media platforms in an attempt to get a response.

A picture of Scott Quinn Berkett

Scott Quinn Berkett

Eventually, a family member of the intended victim sent a text message to Berkett’s father’s phone number, asking him to tell Berkett to end all contact with the woman.

Later, an investigative media organization discovered Berkett’s attempt to hire a hitman on the darkweb to kill the intended victim. The media outlet forwarded the information to the FBI. The FBI used blockchain analytics software to identify Berkett as a suspect. He had purchased $13,000 worth of Bitcoin through Coinbase, which he sent to the murder-for-hire site to complete the hit.

An undercover FBI agent then contacted Berkett over WhatsApp and convinced him to admit to hiring the hitman, resulting in Berkett’s eventual arrest.


“The recommendation outside the guidelines was based on the mental health challenges Berkett faces and the extremely social isolation he endured during the Covid-19 pandemic that led to his actions, his attorney Evan Jenness said at the hearing.”

“This is a particularly difficult crime,” given that it could have ended much worse if Berkett had hired an actual hitman rather than an FBI agent impersonating one, U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi said in an agreeing to the recommended sentence. “Five years is a long time for someone your age.”

“The judge rejected the prosecution’s request to fine Berkett $20,000, saying he’d rather have him leave prison with a clean slate.”

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28c69190 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

It is: A California man will spend five years in prison for trying to hire a hitman using the honeypot set by FBI (only for that purpose).

If there is no fake murder for hire websites, then will be nor murder for hire darkweb cases. problem solved! simply because there is no real website for that thing.

When these noobs gonna learn?

07639c30 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

guns where sold on darkweb are real or fake ?

2fe40e90 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

no there are not and you should reconsider

7638e2c0 Fri, Sep 16, 2022

This happened a long time ago. A lot of these fake cartel and murder-for-hire sites have been shut down since then.

003ae260 Fri, Sep 16, 2022


the sites were run by LE

13000f40 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

bad idea

73a77810 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

Do 3laborate

8b4b66c0 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

Must be in a rock band or something with that long hair

f6402b30 Wed, Sep 14, 2022

Takeaway: use monero

3e9c7820 Thu, Sep 15, 2022

whats the point of using monero for getting scammed or to a honeypot? assuming you are serious

97919800 Thu, Sep 15, 2022

5 years… For a plot to kill someone.. that ain’t shit! I got boys that got 5 years for possession charges smfh … Talking about 5 years is a long time. He should have got 10 especially for self snitching. Clown ass goofy

e6c4df20 Thu, Sep 15, 2022

rip bozo

8c94fde0 Thu, Sep 15, 2022

dude made some wise investments tho, unless he converted his life saving to crypto, lil dude did what we want but got caught.

e5822870 Sat, Sep 17, 2022

dude got caught by the most obvious honeypot ever lol

5435ddd0 Mon, Sep 19, 2022

Hey need help Can anyone help me

c592a720 Tue, Sep 20, 2022

if he black he getting more years. white boy got of light here.

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