A Pennsylvania teenager with murderous intent is looking at serious jail time after posting an ad for a hitman on Facebook.
19-year-old Corey Adams of West Chester, Pennsylvania, is in some serious trouble. He was accused of raping a 20-year-old woman after she left a party back in June 2010, a horrific act in itself, but that's not his biggest problem. No, the wheels didn't really come off until he decided that the best way to deal with the situation was to silence his victim by hiring a hitman on Facebook.
"I got 500 on a girls head who wants that bread? Hit me up anyway possible," the budding criminal mastermind wrote on his Facebook page. His accuser saw the message and called police, telling them about the rape and the contract, leading Detective Stan Billie to pay Adams a visit at home. Adams agreed to meet with Billie at the police station for more chit-chat but ten minutes later he posted another Facebook update saying he "needed this girl knocked off right now."
The police responded to the second post and arranged for another officer to meet Adams in the guise of a hitman. That meeting fell apart, however, because Adams wanted to meet the victim first; police videotaped that encounter and then confronted him about the Facebook post. He eventually admitted that he was upset about the rape accusation and agreed to plea to charges that included rape and solicitation to commit murder.
Adams is looking at a sentence of 11 to 22 years in the slam, which is pretty steep but a lot better than the 35 to 70 years he'd face if he went to trial and lost. Which certainly seemed likely; even his attorney acknowledging that his public want ad for a hitman, posted on the most popular social network on the planet, "certainly limited the defenses that were available to him."