Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Man used white supremacist group to hire "hit man" for black neighbor

Brandon Lecroy Brandon Lecroy
Glenn Montgomery | 10 May, 2018, 14:29

A white supremacist tried to hit a hitman to lynch his black neighbor and put up a burning cross in his front yard, prosecutors allege.

A Lexington County deputy working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation submitted an affidavit in a U.S. District Court that alleges Lecroy contacted a confidential source in the Federal Bureau of Investigation on March 19 seeking help in killing his black neighbor. Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, wanted his neighbor to be hanged and a flaming cross to be placed on the man's property.

According to the indictment, Lecroy made an arrangement with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to pay for the murder of his neighbor.

A probable cause affidavit doesn't say how Lecroy came in contact with the undercover agent, or why he allegedly wanted his neighbor dead. Additionally, he texted the agent a picture of the neighbor to ensure he killed the right person.

"Five hundred dollars and he's a ghost", Lecroy said during the phone call, according to the court document.

Prior to meeting the agent face-to-face, Lecroy said a 9 mm "ghost gun" with two magazines was needed to remain untraceable and suggested that "he has more jobs for him [the agent] in the future" the complaint stated. His attorney did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

Lecroy should also be charged with making a terroristic threat, though his white privilege apparently worked even when he was clearly committing a crime.

Lecroy faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $250,000 if found guilty, according to the Justice Department. After a hearing that day before a US District Court in Anderson, a judge ordered that Lecroy be committed for up to 45 days to a federal facility for a psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

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