Crime
10:48 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Murder-By-Cat? Man Admits Role In Foiled, Feline-Related Murder Plot

An Illinois man faces up to 20 years in federal prison now that he's admitted his role in a foiled plot to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy man and to make it appear he'd been killed accidentally by his cat.

Brett Nash of Pontoon Beach pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony count of solicitation of a violent crime. Four other counts are to be dropped.

Federal investigators have identified the intended victim as a former corporate attorney who had long pursued a sexual relationship with Nash's wife.

Authorities allege Nash explored a plan to force the intended victim into a hot tub and electrocute him by tossing in a radio and the man's cat, with the hope of misleading authorities into thinking he was accidentally killed by his pet.

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