A San Juan Ridge man facing charges of solicitation for murder was sentenced to four years and eight months after taking a plea agreement that reduced the charge to soliciting the commission of a kidnapping.
David Michael Bricknell, 50, allegedly had negotiated to have his former girlfriend kidnapped so that he could torture and kill her in exchange for $5,000 and a pound of marijuana.
That was according to the man he reportedly asked to carry out the deed, a former jail acquaintance with whom he reconnected while reporting for post-release community supervision.
The man, who was granted immunity from prosecution, testified in a preliminary hearing that he met Bricknell in jail two years ago and that Bricknell first brought up the “scheme” then. He said it came up again when he met Bricknell at the Day Reporting Center in March.
“He wanted to pay me money to take her,” he said. “He blamed her for him being in jail … He wanted to make her suffer; he was going to kill her.”
The man had testified that initially Bricknell offered him $10,000, but later the offer was $5,000 and a pound of marijuana that he had already been given. Initially, he did not take Bricknell seriously, he said.
Bricknell’s attorney, David Alkire, argued in court that there was no corroborating evidence that Bricknell had solicited a murder and that the only evidence presented was that of solicitation for kidnapping. The prosecutor, however, said the language of the statute permitted the charge of solicitation for murder because the kidnapping would facilitate the murder.
Bricknell also had been facing charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and having a firearm while under a restraining order.
On Oct. 15, he changed his plea, pleading no contest to an added count of solicitation to commit a crime (kidnapping) and possession of a firearm by a felon.
That was in return for a stipulated sentence of four years and eight months to be served in state prison; he will receive 232 days credit.
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