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Sterling Woman Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Plot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury has charged Ann Jenene Cinnamon, a/k/a Ann Jenene Greer, 41, of Sterling, Va., with allegedly hiring a hit-man to kill her boyfriend’s “mistress.”

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement.

            Cinnamon was indicted today of murder for hire and solicitation of murder, which carry a maximum penalty of 10 and five years in prison, respectively, if convicted.

According to court records, in August 2011 Cinnamon allegedly contacted a man she had met on a social dating site seeking to hire someone to murder an individual that she described as her boyfriend’s “mistress.” From that time through October 2011, Cinnamon is accused of taking steps to carry out the murder, including offering to pay $500 to the hit man, paying $100 as a down payment, planning her alibi, and providing information about her boyfriend so that he could be followed to the “mistress’s” residence.

Court records indicate that the man she contacted brought the request to the attention of the FBI, and his interaction with the defendant was closely monitored by law enforcement. Cinnamon was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 20, 2011, following a meeting she had with the man in a Great Falls shopping center, where they allegedly further discussed the murder plot and the plan for payment.

            The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Fahey is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

            Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

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