A New Jersey male who had exchanged explicit images and videos with a New York 13-year-old girl has admitted to paying $20,000 in bitcoin for the murder of the child victim before calling it off.
Federal prosecutors have pleaded guilty to John Michael Musbach, 31, from Haddonfield to using interstate commerce facilities to commit a murder-for hire plot. When he is sentenced in June, he could face up to 10 years imprisonment.
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Musbach started communicating with the victim online in the summer 2015. Musbach began communicating online with the victim in the summer of 2015.
In March 2016, he was charged with child pornography and pleaded guilty to child harm in October 2017. He was sentenced to a two year suspended prison term and placed on lifetime parole.
Officials have confirmed that Musbach began communicating with the administrator for a dark-web murder-for-hire website in May 2016. This was while his criminal case was still pending. Musbach was told that the girl wasn’t too young to be targeted and that it wasn’t a problem. He paid $20,000 in bitcoin for his hit.
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Musbach asked for a refund of $20,000. Musbach was then pressed for an additional $5,000 to secure the hit, and he finally asked to cancel his $20,000.
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Federal prosecutors did not specify how the plot was discovered on Thursday. However, in his 2020 indictment, federal prosecutors stated that an informant provided messages to the Department of Homeland Security between Musbach’s fake website and the contract killings site.