Man in Jail Custody, Fiancé Charged in Murder for Hire Plot

Man in Jail Custody, Fiancé Charged in Murder for Hire Plot

Man in Jail Custody, Fiancé Charged in Murder for Hire Plot (Cook County, IL) — A man in custody at Cook County Jail and his fiancé have been charged after an undercover Sheriff’s Office investigation found that they had sought to hire someone to kill a witness in the man’s current murder case, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

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Last month, Sheriff’s investigators developed information that Michael Aguirre was trying to find a hitman. Aguirre, 27, later had a jail visit with an individual who he thought was a hitman but was really an undercover Sheriff’s officer. Aguirre offered to pay the individual $2,500 to have the witness killed, according to the investigation. He also told the hitman that his fiancé, Julissa Ochoa, 23 of North Aurora, would provide the down payment of $1,000 and a picture of the witness.

Aguirre has been in jail custody since October on a murder case. He is accused of passing a gun to a co-defendant who is accused of using the weapon to shoot and kill a 14-year-old girl last June in the 1700 block of West 48th Street in Chicago. Aguirre is also charged with attempted murder in which he is accused of shooting a witness to the murder case multiple times.

Sheriff’s officers met Ochoa on June 9 and took her into custody. She was charged with solicitation of murder for hire. She remains in custody at Cook County Jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bond.

Aguirre was charged on June 10 with solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire. He is scheduled to appear on June 14 for a bond hearing at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.

The public is reminded the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

Man in Jail Custody, Fiancé Charged in Murder for Hire Plot

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