Porn star arrested at airport by federal agents for trying to hire a hitman to kill a person
According to court documents, Danforth is charged with five counts of using interstate commerce in the 'commission of murder for hire'
An adult film actress from Post Falls who tried to hire someone to kill a person has been arrested by federal agents on Wednesday morning at Spokane International Airport on related charges.
The 31-year-old pornstar Lynn Pleasant, whose real name is Katrina L. Danforth, was remanded in custody at the Spokane County Jail on an indictment that was handed down in the U.S. District Court in Idaho on Tuesday, The Spokesman-Review reports.
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Four of the five charges pertaining to using interstate commerce in the "commission of murder for hire" stem from Danforth's alleged use of a telephone, while the remaining charge relates to her use of the mail in a bid to hire someone to kill a victim, identified only as "R.H." in court papers, state court records.
The intended target, who also lives in Idaho, was not harmed, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan, who is based in Coeur d’Alene.
According to reports, Danforth indicated to US Magistrate Judge John Rodgers on Wednesday that she was not able to afford a lawyer to represent her.
If convicted, Danforth faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. However, considering she has no prior felony convictions, the adult actress would likely face a lesser sentence, Whelan said. The nature of the crime or the identity of the victim cannot be elaborated upon for their safety and also because that person could soon be moving from her current residence, Whelan added.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Goeke asked Rodgers at the hearing on Wednesday to keep Danforth in custody because of a "serious risk of flight and danger to the community". Rodgers scheduled a detention hearing for Danforth at 1.30 pm on Friday as requested by federal public defender Molly Winston.
Rodgers ordered the adult star to be held in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending the Friday hearing. Marshals transported Danforth back to the Spokane County Jail after her court appearance.