Southern Illinois inmate charged with murder-for-hire plot

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois inmate has been charged with offering to pay another prisoner to help kill his ex-wife.

Perry County prosecutors on Friday charged 50-year-old Jon Mettler with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder. Those charges carry maximum sentences of 30 and 40 years.

Mettler is serving a 15-year sentence at Menard Correctional Center for residential burglary. He’s accused of trying to enlist the other inmate’s help for an unspecified amount of money while at the state prison in Pinckneyville.

The other inmate’s name is not disclosed in court documents.

Perry County State’s Attorney David Stanton said that the witness is considered a confidential informant. He declined to discuss the details of the alleged plot.

Mettler is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Dec. 1.