Newbury man charged with trying to hire hitman to kill three people

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Court records don’t indicate why Stickney was being held at the Essex jail when he allegedly set the plot in motion.

In a Nov. 3 phone conversation secretly recorded by the FBI, Stickney told the agent, “First, I need you to grab the DA’s niece and nephew, torture them if you don’t mind, strip them nude basically, and tie them up and record them saying ‘Aunt [first name of ADA], help me!’ like little [expletive] bitches, and then, just you know, kill them after but don’t tell her you killed them,” an affidavit said.

Stickney instructed the agent to “show her the video, tell her I want no more than a year and if she snitches or if she gives me more than a year the kids die,” the document said.

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He came to the attention of authorities when a fellow inmate reported in October that Stickney had a voiced a desire to have three people murdered and the prosecutor abducted. Stickney asked the inmate if he could obtain a silencer and said he approached him because he felt he was “serious” and trustworthy, the affidavit said.

The fellow inmate has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for armed robbery, child rape, assault and battery, and threatening to kill, court records show.

That reporting inmate said Stickney told him he wanted the police officer shot in the face so his family couldn’t display his remains, and he also wanted the prosecutor “kidnapped and put in a trunk, and the hell scared out of her” and hoped the assailant would “hit her in the body, hit her in places that her face couldn’t be seen,” the affidavit said.

The cooperating inmate eventually connected Stickney with the undercover agent. The inmate duped Stickney, telling him the agent was a friend who accessed the jail under the false pretense of being a lawyer, and that he could dial a number to speak with him on a secure line that wasn’t recorded, the filing said.

Stickney took the bait, placing a call to the agent on Nov. 3 that was recorded and monitored, according to the affidavit.

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He allegedly laid out his plan for the kidnapping and also told the agent where the New Hampshire restaurant owner could be found. Stickney instructed the agent to shoot the restaurateur with a silencer, cut off his hands before dumping his body at sea, and use the severed hands to leave prints on another gun that would “ambush and murder [the] Police Officer,” the filing said.

Stickney provided the agent with the full name and address of the college student as well, and he asked him to “shoot and decapitate him, and to similarly dispose of his body at sea,” the document said.

Finally, Stickney sought the agent’s help in “removing a computer hard drive from his home, saying, among other things, that there is ‘a lot of weird, messed-up, and incriminating [expletive] on there,’” according to the affidavit.

In exchange for his services, Stickney offered the agent $10,000 upon his release from jail and also vowed to “get rid of three people for you guys,” the filing said.

The Daily News of Newburyport reported in November 2016 that Stickney had been charged with a slew of violations in two separate cases including threatening to kill, stalking, making annoying telephone calls or sending electronic messages, indecent exposure, assault and battery and malicious destruction of property under $250.

The status of those cases wasn’t immediately available.

Stickney has another court date in the federal case slated for Jan. 22.

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