Arrest in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Arrest in Murder-for-Hire Plot

McCreary County Man Arrested for Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Murder
Kentucky State Police have arrested one of three men who claimed to be FBI agents when they allegedly attacked a McCreary County woman last Thursday.

Timothy Prater, of Somerset is in the Laurel County Detention Center, charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder, impersonating a police officer, and robbery.

Police responded to a call around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 7. KSP Post 11 received a report of an assault at a home on Richard Stephens Road in the Pine Knot Community of McCreary County.

Police said the victim was walking from her home to her vehicle when she was assaulted by 3 men dressed in dark clothing.

Neighbors of the victim noticed a strange vehicle parked close to her home and went to check on her. The 3 men  identified themselves as FBI Agents, but refused to show identification.

The motive for the attack is still under investigation.

A woman thought to have orchestrated the scheme was found dead of an apparently shelf-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday.

State Police and a McCreary County Sheriff's Deputy found Regina Stephens dead when they went to serve a warrant for conspiracy to commit murder.




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