Anahuac Man Charged in Murder-For-Hire Plot

BEAUMONT, April 18, 2012 – A 49 year-old Anahuac, Texas man has been indicted in the EDTX in a murder-for-hire scheme, announced United States Attorney John M. Bales today.

David Houston Sartin was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury today. Sartin is charged with attempted kidnapping and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The indictment alleges that beginning in December 2011, Sartin made attempts to hire another person to kidnap an individual from Kiev, Ukraine and deliver the individual to Sartin in the United States where Sartin then intended to kill or have the individual killed. The indictment also alleges that Sartin met with an undercover agent on Mar. 6, 2012 and paid the undercover agent a deposit of $25,000 with the promise of another $25,000. Sartin was arrested in Beaumont, Texas on Mar. 23, 2012 while attempting to deliver the other $25,000. He was also alleged to have been found in possession of a handgun, a stun-gun and hand cuffs.

If convicted, Sartin faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the kidnapping charge and a minimum of 5 years for the firearms violation.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Department of Public Safety – Texas Rangers, Criminal Investigation Division, Aircraft Division, and the Highway Patrol Division; Beaumont Police Department; Chambers County Sheriff's Office; Houston Police Department and the Liberty County District Attorney's office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Batte.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.

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