Second brother charged in Groton murder-for-hire plot

May 3—State police arrested a U.S. Army sergeant Friday on fees he gave cash to his older brother who allegedly concocted a murder-for-hire plot in jail.

Jeremiah Peikert, 30, who was stationed on the Fort Cavazos Military Base in Texas, was extradited to Connecticut and arraigned Friday in New London Superior Court on fees of conspiracy to commit homicide and conspiracy to commit danger of damage to a minor.

Previously arrested on related fees was Peikert’s brother, 32-year-old Joshua Peikert, who was an inmate at Corrigan Correctional Center in Montville in 2022 when police mentioned he tried to rent a hitman to kill a girl, her two youngsters and the girl’s boyfriend. Police mentioned Joshua Peikert equipped a cellmate the identify of his meant goal, an deal with in Groton and the situation of a spare key.

In December, as a part of the continued investigation, police traveled to Texas to query Jeremiah Peikert about deposits of $100 and $150 he had despatched to a jail account at Corrigan. The cash, police allege, was a “finder’s fee” for an inmate who pretended he would rent a success man for Joshua Peikert.

Jeremiah Peikert informed police he knew his brother had some kind of plan to have a girl harm however was “unaware of the specifics, but knew the money was being paid to Witness #1 for his role in arranging to have Victim #1 hurt,” in keeping with the arrest warrant affidavit in the case.

He additionally informed police he solely reluctantly had despatched the cash after being pressured by his brother.

During a dialog, Jeremiah Peikert mentioned his brother talked about he didn’t need Victim #1 or the youngsters in his life anymore and did not need to see them, police wrote in the affidavit.

“I did not immediately connect this with wanting them killed, but it makes sense now,” Jeremiah Peikert informed police.

Jeremiah Peikert stays held on a $500,000 bond and is due again in courtroom on May 23. His brother Joshua additionally stays held on a $500,000 bond.

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