EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (December 5, 2012)--An Illinois man is facing as much as 20 years in federal prison after admitting his role in a foiled plot to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy man and to make it appear the victim was 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 when his pet knocked the radio into the tub and then fell in.