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Michelle Murphy was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for trying to use Bitcoin to murder her boyfriend's lover. (Bitcoin photo from GDA via AP Images; Courthouse screenshot from KDFW/YouTube)

Girlfriend locked up for paying dark web ‘hitman’ in Bitcoin to take out boyfriend’s lover

Michelle Murphy was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for trying to use Bitcoin to murder her boyfriend’s lover. (Bitcoin photo from GDA via AP Images; Courthouse screenshot from KDFW/YouTube)

A Texas woman was sentenced this week to nine years in federal prison for going on the “dark web” to try to pay a hitman $10,510 in Bitcoin to murder her boyfriend’s lover.

Michelle Murphy, 58, learned her fate on Thursday after she pleaded guilty in December to one count of murder-for-hire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

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    She’ll be on supervised release for two years after she’s released from prison, and the court recommended to the federal Bureau of Prisons that she participate in mental health treatment programs.

    The complaint outlines the case that stretched back to last summer when Murphy used an ATM to convert cash into cryptocurrency and transferred it to a Bitcoin wallet she thought belonged to the murder-for-hire recipient.

    The case came to light in August 2023 when Homeland Security Investigations received information from a source that an unknown suspect on the dark web sought to have someone identified in court documents as “Intended Victim-1” murdered in exchange for money, court documents said.

    In an interview on Aug. 11, the intended victim told an agent she was in a romantic relationship with a man identified in the complaint as having the initials O.G. The woman said O.G. lived in Bedford with another girlfriend named “Michelle,” who the intended victim added also had recently made over $100,000 selling her previous home in Colorado, court documents said.

    Murphy’s Facebook page listed her as “In a relationship” with O.G. The agent also noted that Murphy’s Facebook page had several photos of a dog that appears to be a “Mudi” breed.

    “The person who tried to hire a hitman to murder the woman used a dark web moniker ‘LISTMUDI, further linking Murphy to the murder-for-hire,” court documents said.

    On Sept. 21, 2023, agents saw O.G. and Murphy at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and closed in on the suspect. The couple was escorted to an office for an interview, where Murphy acknowledged she found out that O.G. was seeing another woman and admitted to transferring Bitcoin to pay someone to murder her, court documents said.

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    At Thursday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed it appeared the “hitman” who accepted funds from Murphy likely never intended to carry out the murder, authorities said.

    Her defense attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Law&Crime.

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