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Woman Accused of Murder-for-Hire Admits to Using the Dark Web to Carry Out the Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Utah
Defendant paid $5000 using Bitcoin to complete the online order

Salt Lake City, Utah – A Salt Lake City woman pleaded guilty to using the dark web to attempt to carry out a murder for hire in 2023 in the District of Utah. 

According to court documents, Krista Renae Stone, 23, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty May 30, 2024, by felony information to use of interstate commerce facilities in commission of murder-for-hire. Beginning in March 2023 and continuing through September 2023, Stone used the internet, specifically the dark web, with the intent to murder another person. In return for the murder, Stone agreed to pay money. Stone further admitted she engaged with a website offering “hitman for hire” type services and “ordered” the killing of the victim for $5,000 using Bitcoin to complete the order. Stone included a detailed description of the victim, including a photograph, where the victim was located, and how she wanted the job done. 

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced July 15, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 8.3 before a U.S. District Court Judge at the United States District Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City. 

U.S. Attorney, Trina A. Higgins, of the District of Utah made the announcement.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant United States Attorney Carol A. Dain of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah is prosecuting the case. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Felicia Martinez
Public Affairs Specialist
(801) 325-3237
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Updated June 2, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-66