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Army sergeant arrested for murder-for-hire

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An Army sergeant was arrested this past week and charged with involvement in a murder-for-hire involving his brother.

Jeremiah Piekert, 30, was arrested on Thursday, May 2. The Army sergeant was stationed at Fort Cavazos, Texas, as part of the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery. According to prosecutors, Piekert tried to help his brother, Joshua Piekert, 32, in a conspiracy to hire a hit man to kill four people, including two minors.

The alleged plot began when Joshua Piekert was incarcerated at the Corrigan Correctional Center in 2022. He asked his cellmate for help in finding a hitman who would carry out the murders of four people. The cellmate played along, saying he knew people who could do that, but it would cost $10,000 per kill. Piekert agreed, and the cellmate asked for a “finder’s fee” of $500, half to be paid in advance and half afterwards. Piekert also indicated the location where the four potential victims would be and where they could find the key to their house.

According to investigators, it was the army sergeant’s brother who gave Joshua Piekert the money for the initial compensation.

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The elder Piekert spoke to the prisoner about the hit under the code that it was a ‘construction job’. It’s not as credulous as using rentahitman.com, but the cellmate apparently played the brothers for some money. He told authorities that he would not actually connect them to a hit man, but instead hoped to keep the $500 for himself. “At no time did I have any intention of hiring a hit man or committing violence,” he told investigators, court documents show.

The four targets included a 29-year-old woman and her children, a 10-year-old and one-year-old. A 23-year-old man, the woman’s boyfriend, was the fourth target. However, the cellmate wrote a letter to the woman, informing her of Joshua Piekert’s intentions. The police started an investigation. Ultimately, no one was injured or killed in the possible murder plot.

Sergeant Jeremiah Piekert was questioned about the case in late 2023 by Connecticut State Police and an agent from the Army Criminal Investigation Division. He admitted he knew the “construction job” was actually a planned hit, and said he provided the money to pay the finder’s fee, but denied he knew children were among the targets.

The younger Piekert was formally charged on Friday and did not post bail.

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