Maplewood Man Sentenced for putting $1M Bounty on Maplewood Police Officer
ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – William Lawrence of Maplewood has been sentenced in St. Louis Federal Court for putting a $1 Million Dollar bounty for the death of Maplewood Police Officers on Craigslist.
He was sentenced to 6-years to a federal prison.
The case stems from an investigation by the Maplewood Police Department back in February 2012, when officers responded to a complaint for peace disturbance. While investigating the disturbance, officers found out that one of subject, William Lawrence had an outstanding warrant and subsequently arrested. Since Lawrence was combative during the arrest, officer swept his apartment and found marijuana being grown, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun with no serial number and a .22 caliber rifle.
After being released from custody, Lawrence on several occasions demanded his firearms back, but was told that they were being held as evidence.
On March 1, 2012 an officer from a neighboring police department found an ad on Craigslist that alluded to an offer of money, in exchange for the murder of Maplewood Police officers.
The investigation into the threat, determined that the IP Address from the threat did originate from William Lawrence.
Lawrence plead guilty to using the internet for murder for hire.