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Friday, May 11, 2018

Elkton Woman Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Charges Related To Murder-For-Hire


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact ELIZABETH MORSE                                                     at (410) 209-4885      


Baltimore, Maryland – On March 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Susan Anderson, age 57, of Elkton, Maryland to six years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on charges related to a murder-for-hire.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

According to the plea agreement, in late April 2017, Anderson approached “SF” a frequent customer of the store (“SF”) where she worked.   She then solicited SF, who she had befriended at the store, to murder the ex-boyfriend of her niece.  SF spoke with Anderson on more than one occasion to confirm that she indeed wanted SF to commit the murder.  SF then informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the Defendant’s solicitation of the murder.  Over the next two weeks, SF agreed to record conversations with the Defendant inside the store.  Law enforcement also procured the surveillance video from the store showing the conversations.

In these conversations, SF confirmed with Anderson: “Are you sure you want me to go along with committing this murder?” Anderson replied: “Yep.”  Elsewhere in the conversations, SF and Anderson discussed the terms of the contact, the timing and locations of the murder, as well as what Anderson wanted done with the body upon completion of the killing.  When SF did not accomplish the murder as promptly as Anderson wished, she stated: “I want it done.  Just get it done now.  Just get it done.  I want it done now.”  After further delay, Anderson stated she could “blow him away myself.”

After this conversation, the FBI terminated the investigation and sought an arrest warrant for Anderson.  On May 11, 2017, SF had a final recorded conversation with Anderson.  He stated that the murder had been accomplished.  SF asked if Anderson was happy, and she replied: “Yes.”  Shortly thereafter, law enforcement arrested Anderson.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur praised the FBI for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney David Metcalf, who prosecuted the case.


Updated May 11, 2018