Hodges man faces charges in murder-for-hire investigation

This man tried to hire a white supremacist to 'hang' his black neighbor 'from a tree'

This man tried to hire a white supremacist to 'hang' his black neighbor 'from a tree'

Brandon Cory Lecroy allegedly offered an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent $500 to kill the neighbor in the small town of Hodges 85 miles west of Columbia, South Carolina. Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, wanted his neighbor to be hanged and a flaming cross to be placed on the man's property. He is charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, according to records.

The suspect apparently wanted his Black neighbor killed and the Federal Bureau of Investigation shortly began investigating Lecroy once a private source said the man tried to enlist a white supremacist to commit murder for hire, U.S. Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday.

"Lecroy, from Hodges, allegedly said "$500 and he's a ghost", during a March phone call with the agent.

A probable cause affidavit doesn't say how Lecroy came in contact with the undercover agent, or why he allegedly wanted his neighbor dead. The defendant even sent this agent pictures and names of two targets, including the neighbor.

A couple days later, Lecroy and the agent scheduled the murder. He told the agent that more "jobs" were forthcoming.

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On April 9, Lecroy met with the agent, pointed out the black neighbor's home and gave him a $100 deposit. Lecroy was arrested the same day, according to a court docket.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in SC announced Leroy's federal jury indictment this past Tuesday.

The US attorney's office in SC announced on Tuesday that Lecroy could face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fines if he's found guilty of "murder for hire".

Lecroy was being held Tuesday at a federal prison hospital, the Post and Courier reported.

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