Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lake City man who wanted to put hit out on wife sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

A Lake City, FL man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for hiring a hitman to kill his wife. The call to the friend took place last winter between February 11 and March 6, when Ivan Joseph "Joe" Eccles, 35 promised a friend $60,000 if the murder happened by a certain deadline, presumably March 6. However, after the 1st call, an FBI agent was on the other end of the phone. After March 6, Eccles said he'd kill his wife himself. Eccles was arrested March 8, and plead guilty on April 2.

The charges are federal because Eccles' hitman would have traveled from the Midwest to Florida, meaning interstate commerce would be involved. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Lake City is 40 miles west of Jacksonville.

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