News and Press Releases

Marion, Indiana, Resident Gets 60 Years in Prison for Solicitation to Commit Murder and Attempted Murder

March 31, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh announced the sentencing today of Robert Eugene Spiker, 45, of Marion, Indiana, by U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker.  On January 17, 2014, Spiker pleaded guilty to two counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder of a Federal Judge and an Assistant United States Attorney, and one count of Attempted Murder of an Assistant United States Attorney.  Spiker was sentenced today to a total of 60 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Spiker admitted that between March and April of 2013 he made numerous written threats and devised a plan to murder an Assistant United States Attorney and a Federal Magistrate Judge in Jacksonville, Florida.  On separate occasions, Spiker attempted to solicit other individuals to kill the victims for payment or “in-kind” services.  Spiker’s written threats and directives included his intention to attack the federal prosecutor in the courtroom.  He also directed one assailant to kill the judge without regard to the presence of his family members:  “If his family gets in the way, so be it.”  Finally, on April 11, 2013, Spiker attempted to smuggle a metal “shank” into the courtroom for the purpose of murdering the federal prosecutor.  Prior to his entry into the courtroom, Spiker was searched, and the weapon was confiscated. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Baker County Sheriff's Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams.























Return to Top

United States Attorneys 225th Anniversary
USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Stay Connected with Twitter
What Makes Schools Safer? Using science to discover what works. Federal funding available. Visit, keywords: 'comprehensive school safety intiative'
Got Drugs? dispose unused RX
The Medicine Abuse Project The Partnership at Supporter
Project Safe Neighborhoods

Our nation-wide commitment to reducing gun crime in America.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.