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Date: 08-13-2021

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United States of America v. Richard Gilbert

Case Number: 8:20-cr-00704-HMH

Judge: Henry M Herlong, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (Columbia County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Columbia, South Carolina criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged for a murder-for-hire and retaliation plot against an Assistant United States Attorney and a confidential informant.

Evidence presented in the court showed that Gilbert was serving time at a federal prison in Edgefield for trafficking methamphetamine in Bowling Green, Kentucky, when he sought to hire a hitman to kill the federal prosecutor and a key witness from his Kentucky case. Using a contraband cell phone in prison, Gilbert communicated with an undercover task force officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was posing as a hitman. Following multiple recorded phone calls, Gilbert sent the undercover officer a $2,000 check from his prison canteen account as a down payment for the retaliatory murder-for-hire. Masking the true purpose of this payment, Gilbert attempted to mislead BOP officials by misrepresenting the payment as being for an “investment firm.”

Evidence presented also showed that Gilbert drew maps of where he believed the witness from Kentucky lived and provided directions to the undercover officer, posing as the hitman, on how to avoid detection by nearby surveillance cameras. The evidence also showed how Gilbert planned to use income from two of his rental properties to facilitate the attempted murder-for-hire and retaliation plot. He also planned to use the value of his ownership stake in other land to pay for the murder of the federal prosecutor from Kentucky.

United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong, Jr. sentenced Gilbert to serve 262 months in federal prison, consecutive to the 130-month sentence for which he was already in federal prison, to be followed by 60 months of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the BOP Special Investigative Services Team and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Justin Holloway and Will Jordan.

RACKETEERING - MURDER in violation of 18:1958; FORFEITURE


Outcome: The defendant is sentenced to the Bureau of Prisons for a term of 262 months. This term of consists of 120 months as to Count 1 and 262 months as to Count 2, to run concurrently. This term shall run consecutively to that is Docket Number 1:18cr22 out of the Western District of Kentucky. Supervised Release of 5 years, This term consists of 3 years as to Count 1 and 5 years as to Count 2; all terms to run concurrently. Special Assessment of $200.00.

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