Man sentenced to 10 years for trying to have ex-wife killed

January 9, 2020 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 57-year-old Connecticut man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his ex-wife.

U.S District Court. Judge Vanessa L. Bryant also ordered James Erik Godiksen to pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release.

A jury found him guilty in 2018 on one count of murder for hire.

Prosecutors said Godikson was incarcerated at the New Haven Correctional Center in 2016 after failing to appear in court on charges including violating a restraining order, when he asked other inmates to help him find someone to murder his ex-wife.

They said he was connected to a person he believed to be a hit man, but was actually undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Prosecutors said Godiksen told the agent over the phone, “I want her killed, if that’s possible... Head cut off would be nice.”

Godiksen offered to pay $5,000 and provided the undercover agent with a physical description of his former wife, her phone number, home address, place of work and the route she drove to work, prosecutors said.

He also offered the agent additional money if he encountered her current boyfriend and also killed, they said.

Godiksen was arrested in 2016 after he met with the undercover agent and paid a “down payment” of $80 some of which was meant to be used to purchase a knife, prosecutors said.