An Illinois man, Brett Nash, was sentenced Thursday to serve 20 years in federal prison for hatching a plan to abduct a Granite City lawyer for money by getting Nash's wife to lure the victim from his home.
Nash, 46, planned to seize the victim, take him back to his house and rig him up with a fake explosive device. Nash would take the victim to his bank and forced him to withdraw all his money under the threat that Nash would detonate the explosive if the victim didn't cooperate, according to federal officials.
Federal prosecutors indicated that Nash's initial plan was to electrocute the victim by putting him in a hot tub and electrocuting him by throwing in a radio.
He would then throw in a cat and electrocute the cat to make it look like the cat had accidentally knocked the radio into the hot tub, according to prosecutors.
However, federal officials state that one of the recordings indicated that on the day Nash was arrested, he told a federal confidential witness or CW that he wanted two guns for the robbery.
He told the CW that it didn't make any difference what caliber the gun was because the victim was going "to commit suicide," implying that he and the CW would shoot the victim and make it look like a suicide. "Dead men don't talk," said Nash in one of the recordings, federal prosecutors stated.
During the sentencing, Nash told the judge that he had no intention of killing the victim.
The judge disagreed.