Tennessee National Guardsman Josiah Ernesto Garcia, 21, was arrested after applying to be a hitman on a parody website called “Rent-A-Hitman.” Garcia, who was struggling to make ends meet for his family, sent his resume to the website and agreed to kill someone for $5,000 before being arrested by an undercover FBI agent.
If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
Law and Justice contributor Jennifer Coffindaffer stated that Garcia was one of 30 individuals caught by the Rent-A-Hitman sting operation.
While being a National Guardsman does not affect the case’s statute, it may make a difference in the jury’s eyes during sentencing.
The FBI has active investigations, including those into child pornography, using similar sting operations.
The evidence against Garcia is strong, including his application, communication with the website, and meeting with an FBI undercover agent.
The case is considered “cut and dry” for the prosecution.
Rent-A-Hitman has led to at least 30 arrests so far.