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Missouri Man Sentenced In Murder-For-Hire Plot Against His Alleged Sex Abuse Victim

In a conversation recorded by federal agents, Jon Mark Wilson said he hoped the minor's murder would then encourage the target's mother to take her own life out of grief. 

By Jax Miller
Jon Mark Wilson

A Missouri man has been sentenced after admitting that he hired someone to kill a minor he allegedly sexually abused.

Jon Mark Wilson, 58, was sentenced by US District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole, according to the Department of Justice. Wilson pleaded guilty in September to using interstate facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire plot. The would-be contract killing was an attempt to avoid prosecution for his alleged sexual assault of a minor. 

In January 2019, Wilson sought help from an unnamed person to help arrange the murder-for-hire, according to the US Attorney’s Office. At the time, Wilson had been charged in Pettis County with two counts of felony first-degree statutory sodomy. That case is still pending.

The unnamed individual contacted authorities and agreed to help arrange a meeting between Wilson and an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Forearms, and Explosives - Kansas City field division.

The ATF equipped the source with a recording device and had him return to Wilson, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Law & Crime. The source recorded the conversation, which began with Wilson discussing a “business venture” before moving to the topic of murder-for-hire.

“The only thing is, I got to, um, to pay off her cousin first,” Wilson said in the recorded conversation. “And see if this happens pretty quick, then I don’t have to pay for dispositions and s***.”

The source told Wilson he knew a guy from Ohio who would be right for the job.

“It’s the only choice I got,” Wilson replied.

There was some back and forth about the target’s gender, but Wilson clarified it was a male. According to Law & Crime, the complaint stated that Wilson was married to the victim’s mother.

An excerpt from the recording’s transcript, as published by Law & Crime, details Wilson tossing the idea of staging the victim’s murder to look like a carjacking.

“Another thing I thought of, if there is any way you can do like a carjacking, swipe his f****** car and part it out,” said Wilson. “He’s got a killer stereo in there, that’s what caught my attention was the stereo.”

Wilson claimed the sodomy claims were a bogus attempt by his ex-wife and her son to squeeze thousands of dollars from him, reported Law & Crime.

Not only did Wilson tell the undercover agent that he wanted the juvenile victim to die, but he also wanted the minor’s mother to die as well, though he hadn’t directly solicited her murder, according to the DOJ.

“During that meeting, according to court documents, Wilson told the undercover agent he wished he could have the victim’s mother killed as well. However, he did not have the money,” according to the federal release. “Wilson said he hoped the victim’s mother would be so distraught over her child’s death that she would kill herself.”

On Jan. 22, 2019, Wilson drove from Sedalia to meet the undercover agent in Kansas City, Kansas, under the pretense that the agent was an actual hitman. Wilson paid the agent $2,000 and promised another $5,000 after the job was finished. The defendant also purchased 25 shotgun shells for the supposed hitman to use in the murder.

Wilson provided the undercover agent with a photo of the juvenile.

Soon after Wilson left the meeting, he was arrested by a trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The case was investigated by the ATF, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Sedalia Police Department.

Oxygen.com reached out to Pettis County officials about the current status of the pending statutory sodomy charges but did not receive an immediate response.

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