TUSCOLA — A Teutopolis woman suspected of seeking to have her ex-boyfriend killed was in the Douglas County Jail late Thursday awaiting a first court appearance on charges that could put her in prison for decades.
Illinois State Police said Thursday it, along with the assistance of Douglas County authorities, conducted a covert operation that led to the arrest of Jennifer Inman, 30, at about 6 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tuscola.
Capt. Tad Williams, commander of ISP's Zone 5 investigations unit, said Inman was not employed by any store at the mall.
Inman was arrested on suspicion of solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony with a sentencing range of 20 to 40 years. She remains in Douglas County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.
Williams said the Douglas County Sheriff's Department contacted his unit for assistance after receiving a report about a possible murder for hire. Zone 5 investigators determined the tip was credible and identified the suspect and targeted victim.
"We felt like this was a situation that needed to be dealt with right away," Williams said. The captain praised police who worked the case.
"I'm extremely proud of the work displayed by the agents and deputies assigned to this investigation," Williams said. "The cooperation between the Illinois State Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Office speaks volumes of law enforcement's dedication to the citizens of Illinois.
"It is apparent this arrest may have saved a life."
Williams declined to identify the person Inman was allegedly targeting.