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Mississippi Woman Admits Paying a “Hitman” to Kill Her Husband

A Mississippi woman admitted attempting to hire a hitman on the darkweb to murder her husband. She used her work computer to find and pay the hitman.

Jessica Leeann Sledge, 40, of Pelahatchie, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. The case is a typical murder-for-hire case, except for Sledge’s interaction with undercover law enforcement officers.

In a criminal complaint filed in November 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Justin Schmidt wrote that a source provided law enforcement with information about a murder-for-hire plot involving Sledge’s husband. It appears that a source–likely the same source referenced in most of these cases–provided the FBI in Knoxville with copies of chat logs from a murder-for-hire site on the darkweb. The records contained messages between Sledge and the administrator of the murder-for-hire site and proof that Sledge had sent the “hitman” $10,000 in Bitcoin to murder a target.

A picture of Jessica Leeann Sledge in her mugshot

Sledge appears to be standing in front of a piece of cardboard in her mugshot? | WLBT

An undercover law enforcement officer, posing as the hitman, called Sledge and asked to speak with “Forward Only,” the username Sledge had used on the murder-for-hire site. Sledge confirmed that she was “Forward Only.” She also directed the undercover officer to contact her through her WhatsApp account under the same username.

During a series of recorded conversations over the phone and through WhatsApp, Sledge confirmed that she had paid $10,000 in Bitcoin to have her husband killed. She sent the undercover officer pictures of the target, pictures of his car, and updates on her husband’s whereabouts.

On November 1, 2021, Sledge agreed to meet the purported hitman in person in a Home Depot parking lot. During the meeting, Sledge paid the undercover officer an additional $1,000 in cash to complete the job and said she might hire him for another job. The victim of the next hit would be “a female who couldn’t keep her mind on her own business,” according to Special Agent Schmidt.

Later that day, law enforcement officers arrested Sledge at her place of employment. They asked Sledge if she knew anyone who wanted to hurt her husband. After some back and forth, the officers told Sledge that her husband was dead and placed her under arrest. (Obviously her husband was not dead at the time. And I assume he is still living.)

“She kind of told me about Tor. I asked Ms. Sledge about it in the interview. She explained it to me as a web browser… she downloaded to her work computer,” Special Agent Schmidt said. “She didn’t recall how she searched for a hitman.”

Investigators received permission from Sledge’s employer to access her work computer. Sledge gave the investigators her password. Later, an analyst “noticed things were deleted off the computer days after she was arrested.” They eventually learned that a person identified as Ollie Cliburn had remotely accessed Sledge’s computer after her arrest in an attempt to delete incriminating content. Sledge, according to WLBT, had an affair with Cliburn. Cliburn had also told Sledge to delete the Tor Browser off her work computer.

She will be sentenced on May 16, 2022. She faces up to ten years in prison.


Complaint (pdf)

Indictment (pdf)

10 Comments
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1fcfb190 Tue, Feb 8, 2022

shieeet i wouldnt hit that either

ya boi donkeysquad

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592c00a0 Tue, Feb 8, 2022

Should have used Monero. :(

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0c624d90 Tue, Feb 8, 2022

How do blaqs and whyte trash find out about btc and tor?

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786130d0 Thu, Feb 17, 2022

why be a racist prick?

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b7e9e3f0 Tue, Feb 8, 2022

Who do these people STILL fall for this “btc for hitman” scams/honeypots? People just don’t know any better

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f9e1dec0 Thu, Feb 10, 2022

Govt tries to get low IQ ppl off the streets & I am eternally thankful for their efforts in that regard

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40d4e7e0 Thu, Feb 10, 2022

Also: what is it with amerimutts & their propensity for affairs? They just can’t get enough, can they?
“Ohhh, he made me feel so special & young again”. Shut up ya cunt.
Muttculture is truly retarded

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ae3b5b80 Sun, Feb 13, 2022

What instagram filter they used on while capturing her mugshot? Also she is whiter than albinos

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70159cb0 Sun, Feb 13, 2022

I was going to add a caption about the similarities between her mug and pictures of Michael Jackson but decided against it

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d3580110 Sun, Feb 13, 2022

Michael Jackson lost his melanin cuz he didn’t vote for brandon (or didn’t plan to)

If it ain’t white it ain’t right.

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