Phelps County: 2 people sentenced on murder for hire charges -

Phelps County: 2 people sentenced on murder for hire charges

Press Release

St. Louis, MO: Roy and Elsie Cameron were sentenced to 72 months in prison, and four years of probation, respectively on federal charges involving a murder for hire conspiracy, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today.

According to court documents, between March and July 30, 2009, the defendants conspired with Douglas Braidlow to commit the offense of murder for hire. The defendants conspired to have Mike Gresham and/or Jimmy Dean Seest killed so that they would not testify in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine trial pending against Douglas Braidlow.

Roy Cameron, 42, Rolla, MO; Elsie Cameron, 59, Rolla, MO; and each pleaded guilty October 1, 2009, to one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire. Both defendants appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Charles A. Shaw.

Co-defendant Todd J. Busque, 32, Newburg, MO, pleaded guilty to the same charges in October and awaits sentencing on January 28, 2010.

Conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities to commit murder for hire carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

Reap commended the work on the case by the United States Forest Service, the South Central Drug Task Force, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, the Rolla Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Assistant United States Attorney Jeannette Graviss, who is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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