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U.S. Army sergeant, brother charged in Connecticut murder-for-hire plot against four children, including two children


U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Peikert, left, and his brother Joshua Peikert (CSP)U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Peikert, left, and his brother Joshua Peikert (CSP)
U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Peikert, left, and his brother Joshua Peikert (CSP)

A U.S. Army sergeant found himself at the center of a disturbing murder-for-hire conspiracy along with his incarcerated brother.

The unfolding saga of Sgt. Jeremiah Peikert and his brother Joshua Peikert have shed light on the dark underbelly of human nature and the lengths some will go to to achieve their twisted desires.

Jeremiah Peikert, a 30-year-old U.S. Army sergeant stationed at the Fort Cavazos military base in Texas, and his older brother Joshua Peikert, a 32-year-old inmate at the Corrigan Correctional Center in Montville, Connecticut, shared a tumultuous relationship that would ultimately leading them down a path of criminal collaboration.

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Although the details of their childhood and the origins of their disagreement remain largely shrouded in mystery, the brothers’ actions would soon come to light, uncovering a chilling plot that would shake the foundations of their lives.

As Joshua Peikert languished behind bars in 2022, he hatched a diabolical plan to eliminate a woman, her boyfriend, and her two young daughters, ages 10 and 1.

According to the complaint, Joshua confided in a cellmate and made known his desire to have the victims killed. The cellmate, who claimed to know “some people who could make that happen,” became a key player in the unfolding plot, serving as a conduit between the captured Joshua and his free-roaming brother Jeremiah.

Jeremiah Peikert, the military sergeant, was drawn into the assassin scheme through his brother’s persistent persuasion.

Authorities allege that Joshua Peikert had his younger sibling make two separate payments totaling $250 to the cellmate, which were described as a “finder’s fee” for the person who would commit the murders. Although Jeremiah claimed not to be aware of the specific details of the plan, he acknowledged that he understood that the references to a “construction job” and “materials” were code for the proposed murders.

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The victims at the center of this chilling plot were a 29-year-old woman, her 23-year-old boyfriend and their two young daughters. Joshua Peikert allegedly provided the cellmate with the address of the family’s home, as well as details about the layout of the house and the location of a spare key, all in an effort to facilitate the execution of the plan.

Just as the assassin’s plan seemed to be gaining momentum, a surprising turn of events occurred. The cellmate, who had initially agreed to help Joshua Peikert, changed his mind and decided to thwart the plan. In October 2022, the cellmate wrote a letter to the intended female victim, detailing the entire plot and assuring her that he had no intention of carrying out the murders.

The woman who received the chilling letter immediately contacted authorities and initiated an extensive investigation led by the Connecticut State Police. Detectives dug into the case, examining phone calls from jail and interviewing the cellmate, who provided them with the letter Joshua Peikert had given him containing the victims’ addresses.

As the investigation continued, authorities traveled to Texas to question Jeremiah Peikert about the suspicious deposits he made into his brother’s prison account.

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During interrogation, the Army sergeant admitted to sending the $250 “finder’s fee” to the cellmate, acknowledging that he understood the coded language used to refer to the planned killings. Jeremiah Peikert was subsequently arrested and extradited to Connecticut to face charges.

Both Jeremiah Peikert and Joshua Peikert were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit risk of injury to a minor. Jeremiah Peikert was held on a $500,000 bond, while his incarcerated brother Joshua also remained in custody on a matching $500,000 bond.

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