Bail Bondsman Convicted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme



Birds of a Feather: The strange and violent world of St. Louis bail bondsmen, an April 16 cover story in the RFT, explored the violent saga of St. Louis area bail bondsmen.

Today, one of the bail bondsmen profiled in our story was convicted for a murder-for-hire plot, also chronicled in the April 16 story.

Glen Thomas Dotson, 43, was, "[A]ccording to court documents and the testimony of an ATF agent... a bounty hunter who worked for [Virgil Lee] Jackson, helping him to beat up people who failed to appear in court while out on bond. Currently free on bond, Dotson is charged with providing Jackson the revolver that, according to court documents, was to be used in the murder-for-hire scheme."

Here are excerpts from a press release issued today:

"Glen Thomas Dotson was convicted of charges stemming from a 2005 murder-for-hire plot to kill a St. Charles bail bondsman, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced today."

"Testimony at trial detailed how Mr. Dotson and Virgil Jackson plotted to kill a rival bondsman to eliminate their competition in the area," said Hanaway. "Mr. Jackson is serving a ten-year sentence for his part of the conspiracy, and now his partner is facing the same amount of time."

"Dotson, 43, of Silex, (Missouri), was convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and one felony count of conspiracy to provide a firearm to a convicted felon. The six-day trial was held before United States District Judge Henry Autrey."

"Dotson now faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000, per count, when he is sentenced on August 7, 2008."

- Keegan Hamilton