TV addiction can be deadly, says Kimberly Swygert. She links to a story about a Florida 17-year-old arrested for trying to hire a hitman to kill his mother. Police say he told the hitman to spare the family television.
Tipped by an informant that (Carlos) Chereza had offered to pay to have his mother killed, an undercover detective posed as someone willing to do the job, Fort Myers police said.
Chereza offered the detective $2,000 that he expected to inherit from his mother’s bank account, and gave him the keys to the family apartment, a map of the apartment and a picture of his mother, the police report said. He asked that the shooting be made to look like a burglary, it said.
“Carlos stated that he didn’t want anything to happen to the television,” the detective wrote in the arrest report.
The TV is fine, and so is Mom. Carlos is facing charge of soliciting first-degree murder.