Marion County man accused of hiring inmate to kill four people

Published: Dec. 5, 2019 at 5:54 PM EST
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A man in Marion County was charged Thursday morning after deputies accused him of staging a failed murder for hire plot while he was stillin jail.

Gary Bangstad, 76, of Citra, was accused of writing and signing a request that plotted the death of four people and a potential fifth person, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office press release.

An inmate at the Marion County jail told the detention deputy that Bangstad wanted four people killed at their residence, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s arrest report. In the request, Bangstad wrote where and how he wanted the people killed, the report said.

On a sheet of notebook paper, Bangstad said he wanted the inmate to “shoot and kill them and feed them to the pigs and the alligators,” the report said.

In exchange, Bangstad said he would give the inmate $4,000 and a Buick, the report said.

Bangstad said the inmate presented the offer to him, but now, he regrets his decision.

“I was very very angry and after thinking about it, I came to my senses, and the anger subsided and thought about what I should do,” Bangstad said. “You should treat other people the way you would have them treat you.”

Bangstad told TV20 the names of the people on the list included his ex-girlfriend and her two sons. He was originally arrested for violation of probation and domestic battery.

Bangstad is charged with five counts of solicitation of murder, the reports said. He is being held in the Marion County jail without a posted bond.

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