A Washington man was arrested for trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife when he accidentally texted his former boss instead of the hitman, police said. Talk about burning bridges.
Jeffery Lytle, 42, apparently tried to reach a hitman named “Shayne” for the slaying, planning to cash in on his wife’s $1 million life insurance plan, The Daily News reported. He even offered to throw in his 4-year-old daughter, who had a life insurance plan valued at $500,000.
“You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife,” he wrote in the text, according to court documents. “I’m going to take you up on that offer...I’ll split everything with the insurance 50/50.”
“If you can make it look like a robbery gone wrong or make it an accident she works at Walmart she gets off at 11:00,” the text continued.
This noir-like plot, however, quickly went awry when Lytle sent the message to the wrong person, who immediately alerted police to the conspiracy.
Lytle claimed that it was a draft he never meant to send, and that he wrote it to vent after fighting with his wife. He claimed that his daughter accidentally sent the message, and that Shayne wasn’t a real person.
Lytle is being held on criminal solicitation charges on a $1 million bond—an amount for which he’d apparently need to kill his wife to pay.