Man nets 60 years for murder-for-hire plot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A federal judge all but guaranteed Monday that a "career criminal" will never be set free again.

Robert Spiker, 45, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for planning to murder a recently retired federal judge and veteran federal prosecutor.

While addressing the court before he learned his fate, Spiker admitted to "losing it" and being "angry" that he was being prosecuted for perjury.

In 2012, Spiker was serving a 15 year sentence in a Florida prison for a burglary conviction.

During his time behind bars, he made up lies about being abused by the guards and was later convicted of perjury in federal court.

U.S Magistrate Judge Tom Morris oversaw the case that was prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Mark Devereaux.

According to court records, Spiker hatched a murder-for-hire plot in the spring of 2013 to get revenge against Devereaux and Morris by having them killed.

Records say Spiker conspired with other inmates to have Morris either attacked, shot to death or killed with a Molotov cocktail.

He said, according to records, he wanted the judge to look like "Swiss cheese." Records also show Spiker offered to pay $2,000 to have Morris killed.

Devereaux was going to be killed by Spiker himself, according to court documents.

They show he planned to "ice and dice" the prosecutor in the neck with a shank while in court. A shank was later found on Spiker after he was searched before a court appearance.

In exchange for assistance from other inmates, Spiker offered to incite violence inside prison and recruit new members for a white supremacist organization.

What he did not know is two inmates, according to Devereaux, were secretly working with authorities. Intelligence they provided helped prevent Spiker from ever harming Devereaux and Morris.

But in court Monday, the longtime prosecutor testified as a first-time victim in his long career that Spiker instilled fear in himself and his family.

"This man wanted this done. He's not sick. He's irrational. He will commit crimes the day he gets out of the prison system," Devereaux said.

He also said "enough is enough for doing our jobs" in referring to violent threats not only against him and Morris, but also U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.

Spiker's defense attorney Roland Falcon argued his client is sick and in need of medical and psychological help.

But the court decided those factors did not outweigh the charges Spiker plead guilty to. His maximum 60 year sentence will be served consecutively and in addition to his current sentence.

He is also awaiting sentencing in the perjury case.

And in Broward County, authorities are in the process of declaring him a "career criminal."

Testimony indicates Spiker has had run-ins with the law dating back to the age of 5.


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