JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two 15-year-old girls who are victims in a pending sex crime case were targeted to be murdered, according to the State Attorney's Office.
The release says that 32-year-old Daniel Lowry supposedly wrote a letter scheming to kill the girls in order to keep them from testifying at trial and providing physical descriptions of both victims and where they lived. The letter also detailed where a gun could be found to commit those murders, investigators said.
A State Attorney's Office investigator went undercover posing as the man hired for the murders and the release says the investigator recovered the gun that was identified in the letter.
The victims accused Lowry of touching them inappropriately between February and March of 2013. Lowry was arrested in March and charged with committing Lascivious Molestation, Lewd or Lascivious Battery, and Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition.
Lowry has been charged with two additional counts of Criminal Solicitation - Capital Felony Crime. If Lowry is convicted, he can face up to 30 years in prison on each new charge.
The trial has been continued and Lowry's next court date is scheduled for September 11. If he is convicted on the sex crime charges, he can face up to 15 years in prison on each count.
The prosecuting attorney for the cases is Assistant State Attorney Richard Giglio.
First Coast News