OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
January 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Augusta Resident Enters Plea to Murder for Hire
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 50-year old Augusta, West Virginia, woman, entered a plea of guilty on January 11, 2012, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: BRENDA LEE SWISHER entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging her with causing an individual to travel in interstate commerce from the State of Virginia to Hampshire County to commit a murder-for-hire for $3,500. SWISHER, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $125,000.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and Mineral County Sheriff’s Department; the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department; and uniformed officers of the West Virginia State Police.
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