A Kenyan man lodged in a hotel in Putman, Illinois has been arrested and brought before a trial for devising a scheme to kill a female relative.
As per reports, Leonard Thuo Mwithiga had allegedly arranged for a hitman to inject a substance into the victim, intending for her to experience a slow and agonizing demise. The plan aimed for the woman to be fatally ill and die between January 28 and February 3, 2024. According to legal records, it is revealed that the offender came up with the scheme during his stay in Kenya, potentially as a way to avoid being linked to the planned assassination.
Unbeknownst to the main suspect, the individual with whom he was conducting business intending to employ a hitman to carry out his vile mission was an informant operating in harmony with the police. As reported by the protected informant, the Kenyan individual travelled back and forth between the US and Kenya from September 9 to December 1. During this time, the 52-year-old man devised a plot against a relative which came to an abrupt halt when he was intercepted by police officers.
An agent acting as the intended assassin arranged to meet with the victim who, according to official records, was to be drugged as planned by the offender. The suspect has been brought before a judge and charged with witness intimidation, attempted murder, and criminal attempt. United States legislation mandates that a life imprisonment term be handed down to all individuals found guilty of plotting to commit murder.
To prevent escape, the ex-bank manager is required to provide a bail sum of Sh763.4 million (USD 5 million), forfeit all firearms, and refrain from communicating with the plaintiff or approaching anyone recognized in court. To confine him within US borders, the 52-year-old Kenyan has turned over his passport and will have constant surveillance through GPS during his entire lockdown period. The defendant’s attorney pleaded to establish a bail of Ksh38.1 million (USD250,000) but their request was rejected. A future hearing for the case will take place on the 26th of January next year.