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Clay Man Sent To Prison For Murder For Hire Scheme
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Dec. 5, 2012 11:16 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 11:26 PM EST
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
A Clay County man is headed to prison in a bizarre murder for hire case.
It's a case that's been playing out in Clay County for almost two years. Now, details of how the scheme played out are coming to light.
"There's a lot of strange details about this case," said Brent Boggs before he was sentenced on Wednesday.
Calling the case against him strange, but not because of the gruesome way troopers say he wanted his business partner dead. Boggs still refuses to accept responsibility for the crime. As Judge Jack Alsop put it, he's still trying to put the blame on someone one.
"I agreed to this no contest plea of one to three and avoided the possibiity of a bigger sentence of three to 15, big difference there," he said before the sentencing.
Boggs hired two undercover state troopers, posing as biker hitmen, to kill businessman Daniel Kessler. Troopers testified he gave them a Pontiac Grand Prix upfront, and promised them $5,000 after the hit was done.
"He had talked about bringing this victim's head in a bucket to him as a proof that we had committed the murder," explained Cpl. Brent Keefer, who was one of the undercover troopers at the time.
Boggs is currently serving time for a home confinement violation of destruction of property, after an ankle monitor he was wearing somehow came off.
Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb says he's relived to see the case closed.
"I think he doesn't have a conscious. I think it's pretty evident that when you want someone's head brought back in a bucket to prove they are dead, that takes someone pretty evil," said Holcomb.
A murder for hire that literally landed in the hands of law, with the master planner going to prison, and the intended victim spared.
"It's kind of neat, after working several murders in my career, to actually be proactive rather than reactive and have the potential to actually intervene so a murder doesn't take place," said Cpl. Keefer.
Alsop sentenced Boggs to one to three years in prison to run consecutively to the time he is already serving for the home confinement violation.
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