ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A federal judge has sentenced a Maplewood man to 6 years in prison for trying to hire a hitman on Craigslist.

According to court documents, the Maplewood Police Department received a call March 1, 2012 from an officer in a neighboring police department saying there was an ad on Craigslist offering a million dollars for someone to kill a Maplewood police officer.

The ad was not specific, any officer would do.

Charter Communications Law Enforcement Response Team later confirmed that the IP address from which the threatening advertisement came from belonged to 33-year-old William Lawrnce.

Maplewood police officer had arrested Lawrnce in February after a peace disturbance call prompted them to seize marijuana and guns from his house.

After he got out of jail, Lawrence demanded his guns be returned, but was told they were being held for evidence. That is when he placed the ad on Craiglist.

Lawrence previously pled guilty to using the internet in furtherance of murder for hire, and appeared Wednesday for sentencing before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson.


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