Man jailed for sexually assaulting nine-year-old offers fellow inmate $9,000 to kill the victim and her family
Billy Warren Pierce Jr, 44, who is serving time for sexually abusing a nine-year-old offered a fellow inmate $9,000 to kill the victim and her family
Inmate Billy Warren Pierce Jr., 44, was arrested by authorities at Pasco County Sheriff after he allegedly hired a fellow detention center prisoner to kill his reported young victim and her family.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the charge comes on top of the one that got him in jail in the first place regarding a 2017 charge of sexual assault of a juvenile. Deputies said that the victim in that case was a nine-year-old girl.
Major Crimes Detective James Hicks said, "The crimes against children are, in my opinion, the worst of the worst. When you hire somebody to kill said children because you committed an offense against them, I don't think, personally, there's anything worse than that."
. @PascoSheriff's arrested inmate Billy Pierce, Jr. for allegedly hiring another inmate to commit murder. Pierce is in jail for case involving cap sex battery on a juvenile. Reportedly wanted other inmate, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, to kill his victim and her family @BN9 pic.twitter.com/GfW6YudKKg— Sarah Blazonis (@SarahBlazonis) September 4, 2018
The inmate, who is reportedly part of the Aryan Brotherhood, first revealed the alleged request from Billy Warren Pierce Jr. to detention center staff on August 22, according to the arrest report.
"These kinds of things come up from time to time inside the jail, and we have to vet it out. We have to make sure our witness is telling the truth," said Lt. Luby Fields.
As of the moment, Pierce is awaiting trial on aforementioned charges of capital sexual battery on a juvenile younger than nine years old. According to the inmate who received the offer, Pierce allegedly promised him a bounty of $9,000 to kill the alleged victim, along with her mother, father, sister, and uncle, reported Bay News 9.
The report also mentions that Pierce had a good relationship with the father of the victim and had frequented his house on multiple occasions.
He advised the unnamed inmate that he could break into the house through a particular door the family usually kept unlocked. Furthermore, as a backup plan, Pierce suggested breaking a gas line in the back of the residence and running it into a window so that the gas would fill up the house. He even described a dog door the would-be hitman could crawl through.
Pierce told him everything, right from what the family looked like, where they worked and hung out, how to enter the house, to what cars they drove.
"We learned things through the witness that the only way the witness would've known these things was to have gotten them from Mr. Pierce. Mr. Pierce gave specific and detailed information that only Mr. Pierce would know," said Luby.
According to Hicks, detention center staff were able to intercept a contract signed by Pierce himself. "It basically goes through the details on the members that needed to be murdered. Mr. Pierce initialed by the amount he's going to pay the inmate," he said.
Also, during the probe, authorities were able to capture a conversation between Pierce and the anonymous inmate on a digital recording device. The exchange reportedly pertained to the plan of action.
During an initial interrogation, Pierce denied the alleged plot. However, when he was informed that he was being arrested for solicitation of murder, he responded by saying, "But I haven't paid him any money yet."