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Murder for Hire Co-Defendants Sentenced to 15 and 10 Years in Prison

August 6, 2014

Contact Person: Nathan Williams (843) 727-4381

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Wendy Annette Moore, age 38, and Christopher Austin Latham, age 51, both of Sullivan’s Island, were sentenced for their roles in a Murder for Hire plot that took place in April 2013. 

Following a February 2014 jury trial Moore was convicted of Conspiracy and Use of Interstate Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1958(a), 1958(b); Solicitation of Murder for Hire under 18 U.S.C. § 373; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence under 18 U.S.C. §924(c).  Latham was convicted of a single count of Use of Interstate Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1958(a).  Both were sentenced this week by United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel.  Moore was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years supervised release.  Latham was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  

The convictions and sentences are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigations; and the City of Charleston Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nathan Williams and Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.

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