A former Roswell High School student who attempted to hire someone over the internet to murder two teenage girls was sentenced to five years supervised probation Wednesday as part of a plea and disposition agreement.
Judge Dustin Hunter of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court sentenced Colton Beall, 18, at a hearing that took place via Google Meeting, according to court documents.
The sentence against Beall will be deferred pending successful completion of his five-year probationary period in exchange for changing his initial plea of not guilty to no contest on two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree murder.
As part of the agreement, Beall must complete counseling, drug and alcohol screening and perform 200 hours of community service unless he has full-time employment or is enrolled in a full-time educational program.
The documents state Taylor Jaggers, assistant district attorney, had reached out to both victims. Both declined to attend the hearing or provide a statement.
Beall was arrested in Manchester, Tennessee on Feb. 27 and extradited back to Roswell after a grand jury handed down an indictment alleging that in December 2019, while a student at Roswell High, Beall tried to hire someone over the internet to strangle to death two 16-year-old females.
According to a press release issued at the time of his arrest, Beall had filled out two forms on a website called “Rent-A-Hitman: Your Point and Click Solution” to have the two females strangled to death with a belt in order to fulfill a sexual fantasy.
Beall included his own street address, email address and phone number on the forms along with the names of the intended targets, their street addresses and the method in which he wanted them to die. One of the forms also had Beall’s real name on it.
Roswell Police learned of Beall’s solicitation after a California resident who operates the website notified them about it.
Operators of the website later explained to investigators that the site was initially launched in 2005 as part of a startup company meant to identify security breaches in computers of their clients. The business never really got started, but the website remained in place as a parody hitman site.
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