A former Independence man who tried hiring a hitman has been sentenced to prison.
45-year old Jason Harriman was sentenced Tuesday to twenty years in federal prison.
Evidence at trial showed that in 2011, Harriman was sentenced to serve fifteen years in 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 at 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. During a later phone conversation with the undercover agent, Harriman asked the agent to photograph and record the murders, so that Harriman could watch the recordings after he got out of prison.
A jury verdict in January found him guilty of two counts of murder-for-hire.
Harriman was sentenced to twenty years in prison, which was ordered to run consecutively to his prior federal sentence. He is currently in U.S. Marshal’s custody.