(KMOV.com) -- The United States Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that two St. Louis residents and a Michigan man have been sentenced on conspiracy charges involving a plot to kill a witness.
According to statements made in court during the pleas, the plot revolved around a 2008 murder case against Kenneth Sills. Two juries failed to reach a verdict and he faced a third trial. Two of Sill’s relatives wanted to eliminate an eyewitness to the crime before the third trial.
After a botched attempt to carry it out, the targeted witness was not harmed and went on to testify in the third trial which ended in Sills' conviction and life sentence.
Lawrence Wallace, 39, from Detroit, Michigan was sentenced to 150 months in prison. Cortez Brown, 35, and Anishika Linai Ward, 31, from St. Louis, Missouri were each sentenced to 90 months in prison.
Each defendant pled guilty in May to one felony count of conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire. Wallace also pled to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. They appeared on Thursday for sentencing before a United States District judge.
Robert Montell Sills, 37, St. Louis, also pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire. On September 16th, Sills was sentenced to 120 months in prison for the obstruction charge involving the plot to kill a witness. He was also sentenced to an additional 120 months in prison on September 17th in a separate case involving his distribution of cocaine in 2010, which will run concurrent with the first sentence. Additionally, his sentence in the drug case includes a $10,000 fine.