TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – DeAnna Marie Stinson (50, Tampa) has been arrested and charged by a federal criminal complaint with soliciting a felony of violence and murder for account. If convicted on all counts, Stinson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
According to the criminal complaint, on June 24, 2021, Stinson created an account on a dark website (“the Website”) which purported to provide on-account murder services to its clients. On June 25, 2021, Stinson submitted an “order” requesting that a hitman be assigned to a “quick hit in South Florida” to kill Stinson’s ex-partner’s spouse. In the order, Stinson provided the name, address and a photograph of the victim. Between June and July 2021, Stinson sent four additional orders and over $ 12,000 in Bitcoin to complete the coup. Meanwhile, Stinson repeatedly messaged website administrators and so-called hitmen, asking for the ‘job’ to be completed as soon as possible, and even offered a ‘bonus’ if the coup was over. on a specific date. When Stinson had not received a status update from website admins, on July 31, 2021, Stinson requested that admins “reassign work to someone who is used to doing work” because ‘she needs[ed] e[e] work done as quickly as possible.
Law enforcement officers received information regarding Stinson’s criminal activity and obtained records of his virtual currency account. Records showed that Stinson paid Bitcoin to the website. An agent contacted Stinson while acting as a hitman for The Website. In a taped phone call, Stinson confirmed that she wanted the victim killed and agreed to send additional money to the undercover agent via Bitcoin so that the transaction could not be traced. On September 13, 2021, Stinson sent $ 350 in Bitcoin to the undercover agent so the agent could buy a gun to commit the murder.
A criminal complaint is only an allegation and any accused is presumed innocent unless and until their guilt is proven.