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Man tried to hire hitman to kill Cobb ex-wife for $10K, Hawks tickets

An Acworth inmate promised $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks tickets to anyone who could kill his ex-wife and her current boyfriend. Word got around, including to an FBI informant.

Michael Lawrence Dane McEarchern, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, according to federal court documents.

McEarchern was in Bartow County jail during October on drug charges when he started circulating his want to hire a hitman.


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The FBI found out from the confidential informant and they had McEarchern send a $800 down payment to a P.O. box in late November to see if he was serious, according to federal court records. His girlfriend at the time sent the money for him.

McEarchern told the would-be assassin where his ex-wife lived in Smyrna, what the best time of day would be to find her, and which barbershop the current boyfriend worked at.


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McEarchern was indicted on charges in the murder-for-hire plot at the start of the year. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in late April.

Federal court documents show he’ll have three years of supervised release after prison.


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