Texan pleads guilty in failed kidnap, murder plot
BEAUMONT, TX -- Prosecutors say a Southeast Texas man has pleaded guilty in a failed international murder-for-hire plot.
No sentencing date was immediately set for 49-year-old David Houston Sartin of Anahuac (AN'-uh-wak).
Sartin pleaded guilty Monday in Beaumont to attempted kidnapping and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Sartin last December sought to hire someone to abduct a person from Kiev, Ukraine. The victim was to have been transported to the U.S. and killed.
Investigators say Sartin was arrested in March in Beaumont while trying to make the final half of a $50,000 payment to an undercover agent. A handgun, a stun gun and handcuffs were confiscated from Sartin.
Further details on the alleged victim weren't released.
- Driver fleeing police kills 2 at SXSW festival 1 min ago
- HCSO: Man shoots teen inside daughter's bedroom 30 min ago
- Vigil held for women slain in Galveston County
- Reliant Stadium may be changing names
- Live: Watch Eyewitness News live now
- Gas blast destroys 2 NY buildings; 6 people dead
- Groups protest chemicals used in Apple's iPhone 57 min ago
- Pap smears could be thing of the past
- Designer Western wear on a budget 26 min ago
- Target apologizes for girl's bathing suit Photoshop fail
- Woman delivers her own baby on drive to hospital
- Police: Man tried to run over triple amputee in N. Houston
- GM excluded crash deaths from ignition inquiry
- Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves