NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Tuesday to planning to kidnap and kill a woman after going on two dates with her, admitting that he was at least partly motivated by greed as part of a plot to sell her house and empty her bank account.
Christopher Thieme, of Newton, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark and could get decades in prison.
After meeting a Paterson woman online in November, Thieme went on a couple of dates with her before she attempted to cut off contact, investigators said. He later asked a friend for help to kidnap the woman. The friend called authorities, and the FBI then set up a sting operation, prosecutors said.
Thieme, 36, told an undercover FBI agent posing as a hit man that he would pay him $25,000 by selling the woman's home while she was being held, according to federal documents.
After the FBI agent told the man he wouldn't do the kidnapping if the woman was left alive, Thieme told the man that "she'll be sitting in a nice little hole until ... I take care of all the bank account stuff, and then I'm gonna make it look like she had a heroin overdose," according to transcripts of their conversation released earlier this year.
Thieme served seven years in prison in New Jersey for aggravated assault and weapons possessions before he was paroled in August 2014.