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Jury convicts man in San Luis Obispo murder-for-hire case

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 23:47:27-04

A San Luis Obispo jury has returned a guilty verdict in a murder-for-hire case involving the dark web.

Beau Brigham, 33, was convicted Wednesday of solicitation of murder for trying to hire a hitman to kill his stepmother.

The jury heard nearly three weeks of testimony during the trial and reportedly deliberated for about seven hours before reaching a verdict.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office says the case was first reported to law enforcement by CBS' 48 Hours program after they learned about the murder-for-hire plot from a cyber sleuth in Britain.

Christopher Monteiro, an IT expert from London, testified that he had hacked into an assassination website on the dark web where Brigham requested the hit. Monteiro was granted immunity for testifying in the case.

Brigham is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10. He faces a maximum of nine years in prison.