Earn 20 Reward Points by commenting the blog postJessica Leeann Sledge, from Mississippi in the United States, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly hiring an assassin using bitcoin via the dark web to kill her husband. According to the Department of Justice, Jessica was sentenced to a maximum of 120 months in prison. prison for using interstate commercial facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. It is alleged that she attempted to contact an assassin online, between September 2021 and November 2021. Jessica allegedly sent three payments via WhatsApp totaling $10,000 in bitcoin on October 4, 9 and 10, 2021. However, she was unaware that the hitman she had hired was actually a federal agent. As such, Jessica was caught. She confessed to him in Brandon, Mississippi on Nov. 1, 2021. For the crime, she received a 10-year prison sentence, a $1,000 fine, and three years of supervised release in addition to time behind bars. In a similar case, Nelson Replogle from Tennessee paid a hitman with bitcoin from his Coinbase wallet for killing his wife. He had found the hitman on a murder-for-hire website. Replogle, according to the FBI filing, sent the hitman’s payments in bitcoin and a description of his wife’s car. The FBI squared all the dots when they got the details of the transaction from Coinbase and Replogle’s internet provider. Replogle’s wife was not injured. Incidents like this reveal bitcoin‘s growing use in crimes that push regulators to justify a ban on cryptocurrencies.