A former adult film star who acted under the name Lynn Pleasant will spend the next decade in prison after admitting she attempted to hire a hitman to kill the father of one of her children.
Katrina Danforth, a 32-year-old Idaho resident who acted in pornography under the names Lynn Pleasant and Lynn Passion, was sentenced in a Coeur d’Alene federal courtroom on Tuesday afternoon following her guilty plea in August last year to charges of seeking a contract killing. Danforth was sentenced to 10 years in prison, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 criminal fine, local newspaper the Spokesman-Review reported.
In 2018, Danforth sought out a hitman to kill the father of one of her kids and had asked a friend for contact information for such a person. The friend connected Danforth with an undercover police officer in Montana.
The woman met with the undercover officer in October 2018 and “had specific requirements that the hitman was to accomplish, such as [the intended victim’s] body had to be found and [she] did not care if others who lived in the home were harmed as long as her own child was not harmed,” according to court records obtained by the Spokesman-Review.
Prosecutors say Danforth even sent the "hitman" a thank you card with $2,500 in it from Idaho to his home in Montana as a down payment. In all, she agreed to pay him $5,000 in exchange for the murder of her former lover, prosecutors said. Danforth was taken into custody by federal agents in December 2018 at Spokane International Airport in Washington, following her discussions with the undercover officer. Danforth's intended victim was not harmed.
Danforth allegedly had a troubled childhood and suffered sexual violence prior to her involvement in adult films, her defense attorneys said prior to sentencing. She had been training to become a paralegal while awaiting sentencing in federal court, the attorneys said, according to the Spokesman-Review.
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