Two Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Leroy Dennett Cruce, 58, and Jeanette Elaine Thompkins, 45, for their role in a murder-for-hire plot.

The investigation began when the MCSO received allegations that Cruce and his girlfriend, Thompkins, attempted to hire someone to murder Cruce’s wife.

Cruce was charged with criminal solicitation to commit murder, a first-degree felony. Thompkins was charged with principal to solicit murder, a first-degree felony. They face up to 25 years in prison.

They were booked in the Madison County Jail.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Third Circuit State Attorney’s Office assisted in this case. The investigation is active and ongoing.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001