Hiring a hitman can cost a pretty penny these days. Why buy an ad in the classifieds section when you can simply use Facebook? Of course, you may end up having to face 11 to 22 years in prison, but that's worth the risk, right?
That's what happened to 19-year-old Corey C. Adams of Pennsylvania. Last June, Adams' 20-year-old victim said after she left a party, he jumped into her car and raped her. She went to police. He went to Facebook. Specifically, his status update read: "I got 500 on a girls head who wants that bread? Hit me up anyway possible." The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
The victim told police that she left a party June 29 on South High Street in West Chester after consuming three drinks and feeling nauseous. She said Adams jumped into her car and later raped her. The woman called West Chester police July 1 and said she had accused Adams of raping her. She also told police she saw a posting on his Facebook page offering $500 for "a girls head," and feared for her safety. At the preliminary hearing, West Chester Police Det. Stan Billie testified that he went to Adams' home and that Adams agreed to meet with him at the police station. Less than 10 minutes later, Adams posted a second Facebook message that said he "needed this girl knocked off right now" Billie testified.
Billie later confronted Adams about the Facebook entry, and Adams gave differing explanations before admitting that he was upset about the rape accusation. Adams' attorney said that his client significantly limited the defenses that were available to him by his public Facebook postings. The only smart thing Adams did was sign a plea agreement last week for both the rape and solicitation to commit murder charges. If he hadn't pleaded guilty, he could have faced 35 to 70 years in jail.