A federal grand jury has indicted a Kansas City man, Thomas D. Clegg, on charges related to a murder-for-hire conspiracy, Your Content has learned.
This comes after Clegg was previously indicted for illegally possessing firearms.
The indictment, returned on June 20, includes two counts and replaces the original 2022 indictment, adding a conspiracy charge.
According to the indictment, Clegg and others conspired between August 19, 2021, and June 13, 2022, to carry out a murder-for-hire plot targeting a victim identified as “J.C.” and his family.
The motive behind the conspiracy was payment in cash and marijuana.
It is important to note that federal law prohibits individuals with felony convictions from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Clegg has multiple prior felony convictions, including possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, trafficking in drugs, voluntary manslaughter, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, assault, armed criminal action, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
It is crucial to remember that the charges mentioned in the indictment are accusations and do not constitute evidence of guilt.
The presentation of evidence to a federal trial jury will determine guilt or innocence.
The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys D. Michael Green and Ashleigh A. Ragner.
The FBI, the Kansas City Police Department, and the Independence Police Department conducted the investigation.
This case falls under Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program designed to combat violent crime and gun violence by uniting law enforcement at all levels and fostering safer communities.
On May 26, 2021, the Department launched an enhanced violent crime reduction strategy, strengthening PSN based on principles such as building trust in communities, supporting violence prevention efforts by community organizations, setting targeted enforcement priorities, and measuring outcomes, according United States Attorney’s Office.