Man pleads guilty to trying to set up murder of crime victim

Posted at 9:25 PM, September 28, 2021 and last updated 3:27 PM, July 24, 2023

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.

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