A white man in South Carolina allegedly tried hiring someone to perform a modern-day lynching of his black neighbor, officials said.
Brandon Cory Lecroy, of Hodges, was indicted Tuesday on charges of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.
Lecroy, 25, reached out through a white supremacist group to someone he believed to be a hitman, according to an indictment cited by the Index Journal in Greenwood. But the supposed hitman was in fact a Lexington County deputy working with the F.B.I.
Lecroy sent the deputy photos of the neighbor. He asked the deputy to plant a flaming cross on his neighbor's lawn and hang the neighbor from a tree, the indictment says. He also allegedly asked for an untraceable 9mm "ghost gun" and said he planned to take over the neighbor's property after the deed was done.
Lecroy promised more work in the future if the initial hit job went as planned.
After putting down a $100 deposit on the $500 fee the two had agreed upon, Lecroy was arrested by U.S. Marshalls in April. He is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts, according to the indictment.
Lecroy faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted, according to Fox Carolina.
It's unclear why he wanted the neighbor killed or what happened to the white supremacist group.
[Photo: Spartanburg County Detention Center]