A former Independence man has been convicted of murder-for-hire.
44-year old Jason Harriman was serving a fifteen-year federal prison sentence when tried to hire a “hitman” to murder two people in northeast Iowa.
The verdict was returned Tuesday afternoon following about four hours of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that in 2011, Harriman was sentenced to serve for federal prison for unlawfully possessing a gun and ammunition. While in federal prison in Arkansas, Harriman made multiple phone calls and sent multiple emails to an individual he thought was a hired killer, but was actually an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. After meeting with the “hitman” in person in the prison, Harriman signed a contract calling for the murders of two people who were living in northeast Iowa. Harriman agreed to pay the “hitman” $21,000 and had already given the “hitman” a 1969 Dodge Charger as a down payment.
Harriman remains in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing. He faces up to twenty years in prison.