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Todd Bates sentenced to federal prison in Henrikson murder-for-hire case

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On Tuesday Todd Bates became the last person involved in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire plot to be sentenced. Bates will spend the next 8 years in prison for his role in soliciting a would-be Chicago hitman.

Bates pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in September. He says James Henrikson directed him to hire a hitman to kill a business associate in North Dakota. Bates paid the alleged hitman money, but never followed through on the murder.

Henrikson is serving several life sentences after a jury found him guilty of ordering the deaths of two business associates. KC Clarke was murdered in North Dakota in 2012, and Doug Carlile was murdered in his South Hill home in Spokane in 2013.

Bates joins Henrikson, Timothy Suckow, Robert Delao, Robby Wahrer, and Lazaro Pesina in federal prison. All six men were charged as part of the murder-for-hire plots. 

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