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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ALTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR MURDER-FOR-HIRE


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that an Alton, Mo., woman has been sentenced in federal court for attempting to hire an undercover law enforcement officer to murder her husband.


            Kari Jolene Brown, 37, of Alton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole.


            On May 21, 2007, Brown pleaded guilty to traveling across state lines to promote murder-for-hire. Brown admitted that she traveled from Missouri to Arkansas on March 4, 2006, with the intent that the murder of Randy R. Brown be committed for a payment of $10,000.


            Brown was looking for someone to murder her husband, Randy R. Brown, when she contacted an undercover law enforcement officer on Feb. 25, 2006. At a meeting a few days later, Brown agreed to pay the undercover officer $10,000 to murder her husband and provided him with a photograph of her husband and a description of his vehicle. At their final meeting at Mammoth Springs State Park on March 4, 2006, Brown took her three children to the playground then handed the undercover officer $440 as a down payment. In a telephone conversation on March 13, 2006, Brown told the undercover officer that she would give him another $1,000 after he killed her husband the next day, and that she would be selling some of her possessions in order to raise the rest of the money.


            The undercover officer called Brown on March 14, 2006, and told her that her husband was dead. Brown was arrested shortly thereafter.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard E. Monroe. It was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service and the South Central Missouri Drug Task Force, the Alton, Mo., Police Department and the Oregon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.


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