deal Man Pleads Guilty to Offering Cryptocurrency in Murder-for-Hire Plot in Genesee County

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Steven Christopher Craven, a 58-year-old Genesee County man, pleaded no contest Tuesday, Aug. 1, to an amended charge of attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. This plea was taken under advisement by Circuit Court Judge David J. Newblatt, with the understanding that if Craven goes the next year without any new charges, the charge will be reduced to conspiracy to be a disorderly person. The sentencing date is scheduled for Aug. 2, 2024.

Craven had originally been charged with solicitation of murder, which could have resulted in a life sentence. According to statements contained in a Michigan State Police report, he had offered increasing amounts of cryptocurrency depending on the severity of physical harm inflicted upon the victim, with the greatest payout being for causing death and a lesser amount for inflicting “great bodily harm”. Another person was also charged in the case, but had their charges dismissed early in the investigation.

For more information, readers can visit The Flint Journal, where they will find three related articles: “Michigan men offered thousands in cryptocurrency for ‘physical harm’ against business associate: police report”; “Man testifies Burton man offered money to have harm inflicted on business associate”; and “Michigan man accused of offering cryptocurrency in murder-for-hire plot to face trial”.

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