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Lexington Man Convicted Of Charges Related To Threatening/ Solicitation To Murder

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A guilty verdict has been announced for a man charged with threatening to murder an Assistant United States Attorney and solicitation to murder and officer of the United States. 

“The rule of law requires public servants of character to enforce that law,” stated United States Attorney Russell Coleman. “I am grateful to the men and women of the jury in Lexington, who through today’s verdict reinforced that any serious threat to the safety and security of our prosecutors puts our entire community at risk and will not be permitted in our commonwealth.”

43-year-old Edgar Villa-Castaneda remains in federal custody as he awaits his sentencing. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 26, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

Villa- Castaneda was found guilty following a two-day trial. Information presented at the trial shows that on August 5, 2015, and September 22, 2015, in Woodford County, Villa-Castaneda threatened to murder Assistant United States Attorney Rob Duncan, on account of the performance of Duncan’s official duties, and solicited a fellow inmate at the Woodford County Detention Center (WCDC) to murder Assistant United States Attorney Duncan.

Villa-Castaneda was incarcerated at the WCDC in February 2015 pending federal drug charges filed by Duncan. On September 22, another inmate at the WCDC, contacted his lawyer and reported that Villa-Castaneda, using the nickname “Flaco” was attempting to hire someone to kill AUSA Duncan. On September 24, 2015, the inmate’s lawyer notified FBI Special Agent John Whitehead that Villa-Castaneda was attempting to hire someone to kill AUSA Duncan. Villa Castaneda asked the inmate if he knew anyone that could "whack" Duncan for him. A press release said that Villa-Castaneda said he would pay $25,000 to have the hit done, that he had $15,000 in radio speakers at his sister's house and he would pay an additional $10,000 when the job was done. 

A press release from the Department of Justice said that the jury deliberated for 45 minutes before returning a guilty verdict.

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