William Lawrence pleads guilty to soliciting the killing of Maplewood officers

3:18 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - A man who posted an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to kill Maplewood police officers has pleaded guilty.

On February 6 32-year-old William Lawrence was arrested by Maplewood police. They found marijuana in his apartment and took a shotgun and .22 caliber rifle.

Lawrence called the police department several times and visited a precinct once demanding his guns back.

On February 29 he posted an ad on Craigslist saying he would pay $1 million for each dead Maplewood police officer and $2 million for a specific detective.

On Monday Lawrence pleaded guilty to a federal murder-for-hire charge.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 18.


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