Authorities: Danville inmate tried to hire hitman, wound up talking to undercover ATF agent

Authorities: Danville inmate tried to hire hitman, wound up talking to undercover ATF agent

DANVILLE — A 23-year-old rural Danville man who was in jail for allegedly committing a hate crime against his neighbor is now facing additional charges of allegedly trying to hire a hitman to have her killed, according to authorities.

Bradley A. Servis was charged Friday with six counts of solicitation of murder for hire, and four additional counts of solicitation of murder, all Class X felonies.

If he's convicted of the most serious charges, he could be sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison under special penalty provisions.

Servis has been in the Vermilion County Jail since Oct. 1 on charges of arson, criminal damage to property and committing a hate crime.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said Servis' alleged victim is his neighbor, who is a senior citizen. She said between June and August, he allegedly damaged vehicles in her driveway on eight separate occasions and set fire to her garage.

"They were basically racial slurs that were written on the garage and on the vehicles," Lacy said.

She added that Servis gave an audio-taped statement to police.

Lacy said on or around Jan. 8 while in jail, Servis made an agreement with a "hitman" to have the victim in his previous case killed in exchange for an amount of money. However, she said, he was actually talking to an undercover agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Vermilion County sheriff's Capt. Mike Hartshorn said a sheriff's investigator uncovered a plot in which Servis was attempting to have the victim in his previous case killed.

Associate Judge Karen Wall set Servis' bond at $1.5 million, meaning he would have to pay $150,000 in order to be released.

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