An Iraq War veteran in Alabama pleaded guilty to federal charges that he hired a Ku Klux Klansman to mutilate and murder his black neighbor.
Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 29, told an undercover FBI agent that he believed his African American neighbor Clifford Maurice Mosley had raped his wife in August, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Cornelius Harris Jr. filed on Aug. 26.
Morgan told the agent he tried to “force a confrontation” by firing “multiple rounds of ammunition” at Mosley on the street outside their homes on Aug. 22.
Mosley, 40, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in 2008, and Morgan was aware of this crime.
"Mosley fled on foot as Morgan fired several shots in the ground beside him in an effort to intimidate him," Harris wrote. "Morgan assessed that Mosley must be guilty of the rape of his wife because Mosley never tried to defend himself by standing his ground or offering to reason with Morgan."
After than incident, Morgan approached an undercover FBI agent who claimed to be a member of the KKK.
Acccording to the affidavit "Morgan advised that he and his family are supportive of the plan to murder Clifford Maurice Mosley," adding that his father-in-law and mother-in-law wanted "to dynamite the entire block."
"I want this man hung from a tree like he is an animal. I want his dick cut off and I want him cut," Morgan told the agent. "You're a hunting man right? ... I want him hung from a tree and gutted and left him hung in that tree. ... That's how I want him to die. Die a slow and painful death."
Morgan later met with two undercover agents and offered a watch and a necklace as payment for the murder.
He entered a guilty plea. Scheduled to be sentenced on February 27, 2014, he faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
"The Justice Department will prosecute with vigour those who seek violent vigilantism,” said Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. “This defendant's effort to solicit a murder for hire is a federal crime. The prosecution here was swift and the punishment will be in a federal penitentiary. Future wrongdoers are on notice that we vigorously prosecute these crimes."