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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Post Falls Woman Admits to Hiring Hitman

COEUR D’ALENE – Katrina (Katie) Lynn Danforth, 32, of Post Falls, Idaho, pled guilty this week to two counts of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Danforth was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene on December 18, 2018.

According to court records, Danforth admitted that in October 2018 she agreed to pay a “hitman” to murder someone.  During October and November 2018, she met in person with the hitman, called him on the phone and mailed him a thank you card with a $2,500 cash down payment.  The hitman was actually an undercover police officer and Danforth was arrested.  Danforth has remained in custody since her arrest in December 2018.

Sentencing for Danforth is set for December 2, 2019 before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

Each count of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years.

This case was investigated by the North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force (NIVCTF).  The NIVCTF is a FBI sponsored task force comprised of law enforcement from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police Department, Idaho Department of Correction, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated August 6, 2019