An inmate from St. Clair County was charged Wednesday in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme after jail officials intercepted a letter asking a former inmate to kill the man’s ex-girlfriend, according to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michael Christopher Still, 28, was charged in 3-A District Court with one count felony solicitation of murder, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. Schuette also filed notice to supplement Still as a fourth time habitual offender due to the man’s prior criminal record.

Officials said Still was incarcerated at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Branch County on April 10, 2014, when officers intercepted a letter that was returned to Still as undeliverable. In the letter, Still allegedly attempted to solicit a former inmate to kill his ex-girlfriend.

“A murder-for-hire plot would have devastating consequences for the victim and the victim’s family,” Schuette said in the statement. “Thankfully, law enforcement was able to thwart this alleged plan before it could be carried out.”

The attorney general’s criminal division is handling prosecution by request from the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office. The charges follow an investigation by the criminal division and Michigan State Police.

Still currently is being held at Ionia Correctional Facility on unrelated charges. He faces up to life in prison for the solicitation of murder charge.

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