A Florida inmate approached a jailed member of the Aryan brotherhood with an offer: in exchange for $9,000, the former wanted the latter to kill a family of five.
Billy Warren Pierce Jr., who is jailed and awaiting trial for a 2017 charge of sexual assault of a 9-year-old, asked a fellow prisoner to commit a mass murder, according to Fox News. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office learned of the proposed hit when they received a tip from the Land O Lakes Detention Center on Aug. 22.
Pierce allegedly told his would-be conspirator that he believed him to be capable of killing because he was a member of an extremist white supremacist group. Pierce said he would provide the neo-Nazi with an address and description of the proposed victims, even explaining how it would be best to break into their home — through the unlocked garage door or the dog door.
Pierce's targets were the girl he is accused of assaulting and four of her family members, who were witnesses to the alleged crime, according to Fox 4 Now, a Fort Myers, Florida-based Fox affiliate.
An arrest affidavit described the instructions Pierce had given.
“He could break the gas line and enter it into a window so the gas leaks into the house,” the arrest affidavit said, according to Fox News.
Police say that they had caught audio of Pierce looking for other killers to potentially commit the crime, even going as far as drafting contracts with potential partners.
Pierce was arrested for solicitation to commit murder following the offer. In his defense, he told police, “But I haven’t paid him any money yet," according to the arrest affidavit.
Major Crimes Detective James Hicks was horrified by the situation.
"The crimes against children are, in my opinion, the worst of the worst. When you hire somebody to kill said children because you committed an offense against them, I don't think, personally, there's anything worse than that," said Hicks to Bay News 9, a St. Petersburg, Florida-based news organization.
[Photo: Pasco County Jail]