Former Oklahoma fire chief receives suspended sentence in alleged murder-for-hire plot
MCALESTER, Okla. – A former Oklahoma fire chief received a suspended sentence after he pleaded no contest in connection to a murder-for-hire plot.
On Monday, 54-year-old Bill Crenshaw pleaded no contest to solicitation for murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, according to the McAlester News-Capital.
A judge sentenced Crenshaw to 20 years suspended for the solicitation charge and 10 years suspended for the conspiracy charge.
The two counts Crenshaw pleaded to will be served concurrently.
Crenshaw, a former leader of the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department, was charged with the counts in September.
Authorities said Crenshaw, along with Shonda Miller, 41, attempted to pay a man named Jason Walters to kill Crystal Lee.
According to the McAlester News-Capital, Lee is the mother of Crenshaw’s granddaughter.
The pair allegedly attempted to hire Walters shortly after Lee filed for custody of the child.
When Walters reported the activities to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Crenshaw and Miller were arrested.
Crenshaw will also not be allowed to have contact with the child, unless custody documents state otherwise.
Lee told officials she approves of the plea deal.