A lovers’ quarrel over custody and a failed murder-for-hire plot could land a Virginia Beach sailor in prison for up to 14 years, officials say.
Chadwick Stanley Ghesquiere, a 38-year-old Naval Air Station Oceana sailor, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to hire an undercover federal agent to murder his estranged wife, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.
Ghesquiere gave the agent 80 military-grade Adderall pills, a gun, $1,000 in cash and the promise of half of a $100,000 Navy life insurance policy after the murder was complete, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Ghesquiere, who was arrested on Aug. 19, also admitted to using a pre-paid burner phone to meet with the agent and giving Adderall pills to a neighbor.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service got involved in the case on July 28 when a confidential source, who knew Ghesquiere for about four years, reported that during the course of his divorce and custody battle Ghesquiere made repeated threats to “get rid” of his wife so he didn’t have to deal with her or pay child support, court documents state.
After an argument between Ghesquiere and his wife over their child, Ghesquiere asked the source if he or she knew of anyone who would kill Ghesquiere’s wife for $50,000.
The source told Ghesquiere that he or she knew someone who would do it but that person was out of town. The source reported to police that he or she was trying to keep Ghesquiere from talking about the murder with anyone else out of fear that he might find someone who would actually do it, according to court documents.
Police helped the source set up a series of recorded meetings with Ghesquiere and eventually the agent, in which Ghesquiere discussed the murder-for-hire and provided information and pictures of his wife. Ghesquiere believed that the agent was a hit man.
Ghesquiere will be sentenced on Jan. 23, 2017 and could face up to 14 years in prison.