JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Sedalia man pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to hire someone to kill a victim in a statutory sodomy case.
Jon Mark Wilson, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court to use of interstate facilities — using a cellphone and crossing state lines — in the commission of murder for hire.
He admitted that he paid $2,000 to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to murder the victim. Wilson was charged in Pettis County with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.
Prosecutors said Wilson contacted a person in January 2019 to help him arrange the killing. That person contacted law enforcement, which helped set up a meeting between Wilson and the undercover agent.
On Jan. 22, 2019, Wilson drove from Sedalia to Kansas City, Kansas, to meet the undercover agent. He paid the agent $2,000 and agreed to pay $3,000 more after the killing. He also bought shotgun shells for use in the murder, prosecutors said.
Wilson was arrested after he left the area and was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.
The original statutory sodomy case against Wilson is still pending.