KALISPELL, Mont. - An inmate in Flathead County jail is accused of trying to hire his cellmate to kill two women.
Matthew Heuer had already been convicted for criminal endangerment and was expected to serve 5 years.
According to the court affidavit, Heuer woke up his cellmate in the middle of the night and asked him to kill his ex-wife, Tarsha and her victim's advocate, Janiece Hamilton.
The court document goes on to explain what happened next. Deputies got the cellmate to wear an electronic device, or a wire, inside the cell. That's where officials say they heard a 30-minute conversation between the two men.
Court papers say the two talked about specifics, details on how Heuer wanted his ex-wife killed. Heuer allegedly offered him Toyota truck and some cash.
The court document outlines a second taping where the two men reportedly finalized the deal. They planned to carry it out once they were both out of jail. That happened February 26 -- the same day prosecutors filed charges against Heuer.
"We always take these cases very seriously. Anytime someone attempts to contract a homicide, especially when that's done here in the jail, especially when that involves our victim advocate," said Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry.
Heuer pleaded not guilty to the charges of solicitation of deliberate homicide, which is a felony.
The charging document outlines his possible sentence if convicted -- not less than 10 years in prison and possibly life.
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