Mars Hill man allegedly tried to hire individual to murder, kidnap victims

Posted April 05, 2011, at 8:53 p.m.
Mark Stetson
Mark Stetson

MARS HILL, Maine — More information is emerging about a Mars Hill man who was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury last month on several felony charges, including solicitation of murder.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins was unable to release information about the case against Mark S. Stetson, 40, until documents were filed in court. Stetson was indicted on charges of solicitation of murder, solicitation of kidnapping, solicitation of robbery, violation of conditions of release and burglary.

According to the grand jury indictments, the solicitation of murder, robbery and kidnapping crimes took place on Feb. 3.

Collins said Tuesday that Stetson, who has a prior criminal history, allegedly targeted three different victims for the murder, robbery and kidnapping. Collins said Stetson tried to hire an individual to kill one of the victims and kidnap one of that victim’s relatives. He also targeted another individual who often stayed at the home of one of the victims.

Stetson told the person he asked to commit the crimes “that he could ‘do what he had to do’ if he went to the home and found that person in the residence,” Collins said Tuesday.

As a reward, Stetson allegedly advised the person he attempted to hire to keep anything he wanted after he robbed the residence.

Collins said no charges have been filed against anyone but Stetson in the case. Collins also did not reveal Stetson’s motives.

Criminal solicitation of murder is a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Criminal solicitation of kidnapping and robbery are Class B crimes each punishable by up to 10 years and a $20,000 fine.

Stetson’s arrest and indictment were the result of an investigation by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, Maine State Police, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the District Attorney’s Office.

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