Columbus Woman Sentenced To Six Years In Prison In Murder-For-Hire Plot

(Columbus) A Columbus woman will spend six years in prison in a murder-for-hire plot. In June, Kelly Harper pleaded guilty to using the Internet to hire a hitman. A group of journalists uncovered information on the dark web in January that someone wanted to kill a Sun Prairie man. The journalists provided the man with chat messages between an unknown person and the murder-for-hire website administrator. In those chats, the unknown person and the site administrator detailed information about the man including photographs, his vehicle, and where he worked. The man notified the FBI who later found that the unknown person also paid bitcoin to a second murder-for-hire website. An FBI agent was able to track the bitcoin transferred back to Harper. A search warrant was executed at her residence and authorities located screenshots from a murder-for-hire website, as well as one of the pictures Harper sent to the site’s administrator. When questioned, Harper admitted to her actions.