Associated Press - May 20, 2010 10:35 AM ET
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Vermont man awaiting trial for the rape and killing of his 12-year-old niece plotted from his jail cell after being arrested, at one point soliciting a friend to send an e-mail message threatening to have a 9-year-old girl killed.
In a new court filing, they say Michael Jacques planned a series of communications that were intended to portray they came from a sex ring police have discredited as a fabrication. According to the filing Monday, Jacques solicited a friend in Arizona to send the e-mails for him, but the friend cooperated with authorities and the plan was thwarted.
The 43-year-old Randolph man is facing the federal death penalty if convicted of the June 2008 kidnap, sexual assault and killing of Brooke Bennett.
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