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Federal Investigators Uncover Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Attorney
Federal investigators have uncovered a plot to murder a defense attorney from New Orleans, according to reports from The Times-Picayune and WDSU.

Investigators heard the plan during a phone call between two Florida prison inmates.

Former Coleman, Florida inmate Kenneth Lee offered and agreed to kill attorney Robert Jenkins, according to documents filed in court.

The other inmate involved in the murder-for-hire plot, Donald Sylvester, is serving a life sentence in Coleman following a murder conviction in 2007.



Sylvester told prison staff members that he was approached by Lee in October of 2014 seeking to be hired for a murder-for-hire job.

The target, Jenkins, is the attorney who represented former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard. He also represented Sylvester before being fired from the case.

Prior to Lee being released from prison, the two inmates talked about the plot. Sylvester told prison officials about the plot and then called Lee’s cell phone to discuss it. When they talked about the plot they used fitness training to ‘code the conversation.’

Sylvester’s uncle, who was in New Orleans, would provide Lee with a weapon and compensate him for murdering Jenkins. An agent from the FBI posed as the uncle with the help of Sylvester during a phone call on December 18 that included Lee.

The call included the intent of Lee to visit New Orleans to ‘train’ a client of the uncle. When asking Lee about the caliber of gun he wanted, the undercover agent told Lee the gym has “nine and 40-pound weights and 45-pound plates.”

Another call was placed three days later with the undercover agent posing as the uncle of Sylvester. He said he would send cash and a debit card to Lee to pay for his travel. It would also serve as a down payment for the job.
12-31-2014

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