EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man faces federal charges that accuse him of planning to kidnap, extort and electrocute a wealthy man in a killing that the suspect allegedly looked to pin on a cat.

Brett Nash, 45, of Pontoon Beach is charged with attempted extortion by threatening physical violence. Authorities say he was arrested Monday in Granite City.

Investigators contend Nash talked of forcing the man into a hot tub and electrocuting him by throwing a radio into the water before tossing in kitty litter to make it appear the man’s cat caused the death. The alleged target of the foiled plot hasn’t been identified.

The charge carries a possible 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Nash’s public defender, Tom Gabel, declined to discuss the case Thursday.

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