Failed Murder-for-Hire Plot Involving Army Sergeant and Brother Exposes Deep Criminal Conspiracy

Jeremiah Peikert, 30, was arrested on Thursday by Connecticut State Police

Joshua Peikert, 32, who was incarcerated at the Corrigan Correctional Center in Uncasville

In a chilling turn of events, an Army sergeant and his brother have been implicated in a sinister murder-for-hire plot that targeted a Connecticut family, including two young children. The servicemember, identified as 30-year-old Sergeant Jeremiah Peikert, and his older brother, Joshua Peikert, 32, find themselves at the center of a criminal investigation that has unveiled a deep-seated intent to kill.

The elaborate scheme, orchestrated from behind bars, involved Joshua Peikert, who was an inmate at Corrigan Correctional Center in Uncasville, Connecticut. According to official court documents, Joshua attempted to employ his cellmate to hire a hitman in 2022, targeting a family that included a 29-year-old woman, her 23-year-old boyfriend, and her two daughters, ages 10 and one.

The gravity of the plot is compounded by its targets—innocent children whose lives were put at risk without their knowledge. The cellmate, whose identity remains undisclosed, was promised $10,000 per murder, with a $500 finder’s fee, sparking a dangerous chain of events. It was revealed in court that Jeremiah Peikert facilitated the initial payment to set this heinous plan in motion, thereby engaging directly in the conspiracy to commit murder and risk of injury to minors.

This troubling revelation came to light when Joshua’s cellmate decided against following through with the plot, instead opting to alert the intended adult victim by sending her a handwritten letter detailing the planned attack. This courageous act led the woman to contact the Groton, Connecticut police, who initiated a thorough investigation in October 2022.

During the investigation, Jeremiah Peikert admitted to making the payment, though he claimed ignorance of the children's involvement in the plot. His admission highlights a disturbing willingness to engage in violent criminal activity, which is even more egregious considering his position in the U.S. Army.

The case, which culminated in Jeremiah not posting a $500,000 bond, underscores a broader issue of crime and punishment, trust and betrayal. No individuals were harmed thanks to the cellmate's decision to expose the plan, yet the psychological and emotional scars will undoubtedly linger for the victims.

As this case continues to unfold, it serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers lurking within personal relationships and the lengths to which individuals might go to resolve conflicts through unlawful and violent means. It also raises questions about the supervision of inmates and the use of communication within correctional facilities, calling for a review of protocols to prevent such conspiracies in the future.

This incident not only shakes the local community but also casts a shadow over the integrity of those sworn to protect the nation, challenging us to reflect on the values we hold dear and the measures necessary to safeguard our society from those who choose the path of violence.


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