A Granite City man on Tuesday admitted he plotted to kidnap, hold hostage and possibly electrocute a Granite City lawyer in an effort to get money from him.
Brett L. Nash, 45, of 43 Shirlwin Drive, pleaded guilty in federal district court in East St. Louis to the charge of solicitation of a crime of violence. The plot included using Nash's ex-stripper wife as bait to lure the attorney to the couple's home. Nash needed more than $30,000 to prevent foreclosure of the couple's home.
The plan was hatched at the end of 2011 and Nash intended to carry out his plans in January.
Nash faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $125,000 and three years of supervised release following any prison sentence.
He is scheduled for sentencing on March 22.
Court documents indicate Nash recruited an unidentified friend to "help in robbing an old man" who Nash intended to lure with his wife, carjack, hold hostage while the victim wrote checks and then electrocute. Nash wanted his friend's help to carjack the victim while Nash's wife was in the car so police would not suspect she was involved in the criminal activity with Nash. After carjacking the intended victim, Nash's plan was to take the victim back to the victim's house where Nash would hold him hostage for up to two weeks. During that time, Nash would have the victim write out checks, including $5,000 to the accomplice for "labor" and $65,000 so the wife could buy her house out of foreclosure.
Nash planned to put the victim in a Jacuzzi and electrocute him by throwing in a radio, court records state. They planned to toss a cat in the water to make it appear the cat knocked in the radio.
The plot came apart when Nash's unnamed friend told authorities he did not want the intended victim killed and told them of Nash's plan. The friend was previously convicted of second-degree murder and sexual assault. The names of the friend, the wife, nor the intended victim were not released in the court documents.
When Nash's house was searched, federal agents found a diagram of the intended victim's house and a gray backpack containing a black ski mask, handcuffs, a CO2 gun that looks like a .45 caliber pistol, black socks and gloves, a flashlight, plastic bag and black hair dye.