Man sentenced for posting Craigslist ad offering $1M to kill cops

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:36 AM

ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to six years in prison for placing a $1 million bounty on Craigslist for the death of a Maplewood police officer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that William Lawrence of Maplewood was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Lawrence was angered by the seizure of guns and marijuana after Maplewood police were called to the apartment he shared with his mother.

According to court documents, police were informed by another St. Louis area police department about the ad that read,  “Wanted dead, All the Maplewood city police officers, paying one million per head.” The posting also mentioned $2 million for the head of specific detectives.

Lawrence fled to Colorado last fall after pleading guilty to a murder-for-hire charge. He was found about three months later and brought back to the St. Louis area.

Lawrence is the son of a Maplewood officer. His mother says he suffers from bipolar disorder and depression.

 

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