Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced Danny James McLaughlin (59, Littleton, CO) to life in federal prison for using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire and for enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. The court also ordered McLaughlin to pay a $300,000 fine.
McLaughlin had pleaded guilty on October 31, 2019.
According to court documents, between April 26 and May 17, 2019, McLaughlin communicated online with someone whom he believed was the father of a 13-year-old girl. Unbeknownst to McLaughlin, the “father” was an undercover federal agent. McLaughlin suggested that the undercover agent take a father-daughter trip to Colorado, where McLaughlin lived, so he could kidnap and rape the child. McLaughlin detailed his intentions to hold the teenager captive, subject her to physical and sexual torture, and then kill her.
McLaughlin indicated that he would be willing to kidnap and hold the daughter if the undercover agent would return the favor by killing McLaughlin’s wife. McLaughlin informed the agent of a weekly meeting that his wife attended, along with the time and location. He also suggested a place where the agent could dump his wife’s body, and where he could purchase chloroform to commit the murder.