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Lucht Sought To Hire A Hit-man to Kill Portage County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Moton


MONTELLO - In September 2008 the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation received a request from the Marquette County Sheriffs Department to conduct a joint investigation regarding an alleged Murder for Hire. At the time of the request it was known by the Sherriffs Department that a jail inmate Frederick L. Lucht was seeking to hire a hit-man to kill a Portage County Assistant District Attorney, to burn down the home of his (Luchts) ex-girlfriend and to have the ex-girlfriends boyfriend beaten.


As a result of the request a Special Agent from the DOJ/DCI was assigned to work in an undercover capacity. A cooperating inmate was identified and assisted law enforcement in corroborating and confirming the truth of the information.


As the investigation moved forward, the undercover Special Agent met with Lucht. On several occasions those meetings included conversation initiated from Lucht that the undercover agent would receive a payment of $5000 for killing the Assistant District Attorney, $3000 for beating the boyfriend and $2000 for burning down the ex-girlfriends home.


The undercover agent received a piece of collateral as a way to seal the deal expecting full payment once Lucht was released from jail on charges unrelated to this incident. As a result of this investigation a criminal complaint has been filed and Lucht has been charged with:


Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Intentional Homicide, a Class B Felony which carries a maximum sentence if convicted of 60 years in prison;


Conspiracy to Commit Arson of a Building, a Class C Felony which carries a maximum sentence if convicted of $100,000 fine or 40 years in prison or both;


Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery, a Class E Felony which carries a maximum sentence of $50,000 fine or 15 years in prison or both.

Lucht will make his initial court appearance on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:15 in Marquette County Circuit Court. The case is being handled by Marquette County District Attorney Richard Dufour.

All media inquiries should be directed to District Attorney Dufour at (608) 297-3020 (office) or after hours or over the weekend at (608) 297-2452 (home).


A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.


A copy of the criminal complaint can be found here:


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