Maryland Man Found Guilty in Murder-for-Hire

Defendant Put Out Contract in Drug-Related Matter

Maryland Man Found Guilty in Murder-for-HireA 36-year-old Maryland man has been convicted in federal court of a number of crimes, including murder-for-hire, related to the deaths of three people in rural Pennsylvania in 2016. Kevin Coles, a native of Hagerstown, is alleged to have put out a contract on his girlfriend, Wendy Chaney, after he learned that she was cooperating with federal authorities in a criminal investigation into a drug distribution operation he ran. Authorities say that Coles worked through intermediaries to recruit and hire members of the Baltimore gang known as the “Guerilla Family,” who traveled to a barn in rural Pennsylvania, where they found Chaney, zip-tied her hands behind her back and shot her in the head. Two others, who happened to be at the farm when the killers found Chaney, were also killed.

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