Monday, November 05, 2007

Bondsman Embroiled in Murder Plot

A St. Charles County bail bondsman was sentenced this morning to 10 years in federal prison for plotting the murder of a competitor.

Virgil Lee Jackson pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire charge in August and admitted trying to arrange the murder of Gerald “Jerry” Cox. Cox, a former Democratic state representative from St. Charles, was not harmed.

Jackson wanted to kill Cox because he thought Cox was steering customers away from his business, prosecutors have said, and had threatened Cox before.

After Jackson's application for a general bail bond license was denied in September of 2005, he met with a confidential informer at a St. Charles restaurant and told him how to kill Cox, prosecutors said.

Jackson said he'd supply the gun and bullets and told the informer to shoot Cox outside his business and dump his body in the Missouri River near St. Charles.

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