Former Will County jail guard pleads guilty in murder-for-hire-plot
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org March 19, 2013 6:00PM
Keith A. Smith
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:35AM
A former Will County Jail guard is in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend’s beau.
Keith A. Smith, 32, of 907 Prescott Drive, was arrested by FBI agents in 2010 on a charge of solicitation of murder for hire. He pleaded guilty to the charge on March 14 and received a 19-year prison sentence. He faced a range of 20 to 40 years in prison.
About two years ago, on March 25, 2010, Smith offered to pay a Will County Jail inmate $300 for the names of two hitmen who would kill his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend for $1,500. Smith went so far as to deposit the cash into the inmate’s commissary account and got a name and phone number.
The name and number, however, were for an undercover FBI agent who was working on the case at the request of State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Sheriff Paul Kaupas.
After having several recorded conversations with the undercover agent, Smith drove to Indiana and gave him $800, the victim’s name, a photo of him, a map to his house and the times he would be coming and going from home, authorities said. He was arrested on the spot.
After his arrest, Smith, who was hired as a jail guard in October 2007, called his mother collect. When she asked what he had done, he said he tried to get his ex’s boyfriend “taken care of,” authorities said.
Smith had been held in the county jail in lieu of $2 million bond, and is now at Stateville Correctional Center awaiting assignment to a prison.
A special prosecutor handled the case, as the state’s attorney’s office represents the sheriff’s department.