Seattle police say a foiled murder-for-hire plot was hatched inside the King County Jail.
Police say it all played out like a Hollywood movie. A jail inmate hired a 33-year-old man, as well as a soon-to-be-released inmate, for a hit on a man he believed was a police informant who turned him in, say police.
The alleged mastermind of the plot, Ira Dechant, 48, is a felon who was caught earlier this month with body armor, guns, cash and a fake police badge in his car.
The plan began to unravel when the recruited inmate reported Dechant's plan to the police.
Police say they followed Dechant's actions over nine days. While in jail, he allegedly arranged financing for the hit, drew maps of the victim's house and described how he wanted the victim killed, saying, "Wet him with gasoline, dry him with a match."
Instead, the cell mate told authorities.
Once the hired inmate got out of jail, he met with the 33-year-old suspect to obtain a loaded gun and discuss the hit. Seattle police were watching the meeting and SWAT officers arrested the 33-year-old.
The hit was never attempted.
Police booked the 33-year-old into the King County Jail for solicitation and conspiracy of first degree murder. Dechant was also charged in the case.
Police won't name the intended victim, but say the alleged conspirators had made a map of his home and were about to drive by the house just before the arrest.
KING 5's Linda Brill, Travis Pittman and Elizabeth Wiley contributed to this report.