FBI stages fake murder scene, charge prison guards plotting to kill inmate

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) —Two Florida prison guards and a former trainee are charged in a plot to murder an inmate.

The FBI says the defendants 25-year-old Thomas Jordan Driver, 47-year-old David Elliot Moran and 42-year-old Charles Thomas Newcomb hatched the scheme to kill the inmate as his sentence came to an end.

Officials say the men believed the prisoner is infected with HIV and hepatitis and he bit one of them during a fight.

Driver told the informant that he and Moran wanted the inmate “six feet under,” according to court documents.

The Feds met the suspects by infiltrating a Ku Klux Klan group. They staged a phony murder scene to flush out the alleged conspirators.

According to an affidavit, the fake hit man showed the men a doctored photograph of the inmate who looked like he’d been fatally shot and recorded their jubilant reactions.

The man each face one state count of conspiracy to commit murder.

They could get up to 30-years in prison.



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