Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Post Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Murder for Hire and Drug Charges
COEUR D'ALENE - Darin Kyle Taylor, 55, of Post Falls, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in two related cases to use of interstate facilities in the commission of murder for hire, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. On August 18, 2015, Taylor was indicted for the federal drug charge. On December 4, 2015, Taylor waived his right to be indicted grand jury and agreed to be charged with murder for hire in federal court.
According to the plea agreements, on June 17 and June 30, 2015, the Idaho State Police worked with a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Taylor at his Post Falls, residence. On July 1, 2015, Idaho State Police detectives served a search warrant at Taylor’s residence and seized methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, cash, and firearms.
On August 19, 2015, the day after Taylor was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, Taylor met with a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Taylor solicited this ATF confidential informant to murder another person promising to pay cash. Taylor was arrested on the federal drug charge shortly after his conversation and has been in federal custody since.
The murder for hire charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison, supervised release up to three years, and a maximum fine of $250,000. The methamphetamine charge is punishable by not less than five years and no more than forty years in prison, supervised release of not less than four years, and a maximum fine of $5,000,000.
Sentencing is set for March 1, 2016, before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.
The cases were investigated by the Idaho State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.