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Jackson woman sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

A judge sentenced 32-year-old Velma White to 170 months in prison. Source: Madison County Detention Center A judge sentenced 32-year-old Velma White to 170 months in prison. Source: Madison County Detention Center
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

A Jackson woman is headed to federal prison for a murder-for-hire plot to kill a family member. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III sentenced 32-year-old Velma White to 170 months in prison and ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine. 

On August 23, 2017, White contacted, via text messages from her cellular telephone, an undercover officer whom she believed to be a “hit-man.” During a phone call, White explained to the undercover officer that she wanted her family member murdered, and she agreed to pay the undercover officer approximately $10,000 for the murder.

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Over the next few days, White and the undercover officer discussed and planned out the murder of White’s family member, with White given multiple opportunities to back out. However, White only affirmed her commitment to the murder scheme.

White revealed that she was attempting to murder her family member in order to collect the proceeds of a $50,000 life insurance policy for which she was the sole beneficiary. White agreed to pay the undercover officer once she collected the life insurance money.

White also expressed to the undercover officer her willingness to assist in other murder for hire plots in exchange for money.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Pearl Police Department, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney Carla J. Clark is prosecuting the case.

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