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Cops: Mom, son arraigned after trying to hire hitman

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A mother and son face up to life in prison after police said they attempted to hire a man to kill three people, according to Michigan State Police.

Lakeisha Goodwin

Lakeisha Goodwin, 43, of Romulus and her son, Jontele Goodwin, 26, of Monroe County were arraigned Tuesday on charges of solicitation to commit murder and witness intimidation.

Police began their investigation in April when an informant contacted the Michigan State Police Monroe Post to report that Jontele Goodwin asked him to kill three people he believed responsible for his arrest in a narcotics-related case.

Jontele Goodwin allegedly made the request while he and the informant were incarcerated in the Monroe County Jail.

“In a recorded conversation between Jontele and the informant, Jontele named the individuals he wanted murdered and told the informant how to murder them,” police said in a statement Wednesday.

Jontele Goodwin

Jontele Goodwin offered the informant $2,500 to commit the three murders. Before the informant was released from jail Jontele Goodwin gave him his mother’s contact information, police said.

“Multiple recorded phone calls between Lakeisha and the informant revealed that she encouraged the murders and provided advice on how to carry them out,” police wrote. “Lakeisha delivered narcotics to the informant as a down payment for the murders and offered to give the informant a ride to the airport after the murders had been carried out.”

Monroe County Sheriff Department assisted the Michigan State Police in the investigation.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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