(12/07/2012)
Clay County businessman Brent Boggs has been sentenced 1-3 years in jail by Judge Jack Alsop and fined $5,000 dollars in a murder-for-hire case against a business partner.

The case has taken numerous turns and problems, with additional charges and a re-indictment.

In the original criminal complaint on Jan. 19, 2011, Boggs allegedly offered two undercover State Police officers $50,000 cash and a Pontiac Grand Prix to kill Dan Kessler.

The complaint said Boggs also offered the officers a metal bucket and told them to "bring it back with (Kessler's) head."

Kessler has told state media he believes Boggs wanted to kill him after the two men entered into a business venture that invested in gas wells.

He says he backed out of the deal when he found evidence of fraud.

Kessler said the two signed an agreement to give him back the $150,000 he had invested.

That money never came, only the alleged bounty on his life.

"Apparently he thought it was cheaper to kill me than to pay me," Kessler said.


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