US Army Sergeant Charged in Brother's Murder-for-Hire Plot from Prison

US Army Sergeant Jeremiah Peikert was arrested and charged in connection with a failed murder-for-hire plot allegedly orchestrated by his incarcerated brother. The plot, which targeted the brother's ex-girlfriend and her children, was uncovered when a released cellmate alerted the intended victim.

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US Army Sergeant Charged in Brother's Murder-for-Hire Plot from Prison

US Army Sergeant Charged in Brother's Murder-for-Hire Plot from Prison

A US Army sergeant has been arrested and charged in connection with a failed murder-for-hire plot allegedly orchestrated by his brother, who is currently incarcerated in Connecticut. Jeremiah Peikert, 30, stationed at Fort Cavazos Military Base in Texas, faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit risk of injury to a minor.

This case highlights the potential dangers of organized crime and corruption within the prison system, as well as the need for increased vigilance and oversight to prevent such plots from unfolding. It also raises concerns about the potential for violent individuals to manipulate and exploit others, even from behind bars.

Jeremiah's brother, Joshua Peikert, 32, an inmate at Corrigan Correctional Center in Montville, Connecticut, allegedly concocted the scheme from behind bars in 2022. According to authorities, Joshua sought to have his ex-girlfriend, her two children, and her boyfriend killed. He allegedly supplied a cellmate with the intended victims' names, address in Groton, and the location of a spare key.

The plot unraveled when the cellmate, who had been released, sent a letter to the intended female victim, alerting her to the "murder for hire" plan. This prompted an investigation by state police. Investigators discovered that Joshua had offered to pay $10,000 per person, with half upfront and the other half after the job was completed.

Why this matters: Jeremiah Peikert's alleged role in the plot involved sending $100 and $150 to a prison account at Corrigan, which authorities say was a "finder's fee" for the inmate who pretended to hire a hitman. When interviewed by police in December 2023, Jeremiah claimed he was unaware of the specifics of his brother's plan but knew the money was for arranging to hurt the victim.

"I did not immediately connect this with wanting them killed, but it makes sense now," Jeremiah Peikert told police, referring to his brother's statement about not wanting the victim or her kids in his life anymore. He also acknowledged his brother's violent tendencies and manipulative behavior towards him.

Both brothers are being held on a $500,000 bond and are due back in court on May 23. Joshua Peikert remains in custody at the Connecticut Department of Correction. Fortunately, no one was harmed during the course of the alleged murder-for-hire scheme.

Key Takeaways

  • US Army Sgt. Jeremiah Peikert arrested for alleged role in murder-for-hire plot.
  • Plot orchestrated by his brother Joshua, an inmate in Connecticut, from behind bars.
  • Targeted victims: ex-girlfriend, her 2 kids, and her boyfriend.
  • Jeremiah allegedly sent money to prison account as "finder's fee" for hitman.
  • Both brothers held on $500,000 bond, due back in court on May 23.