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Latham files motion for reduced sentencing range in murder-for-hire case

Christopher Latham (Source: CCDC) Christopher Latham (Source: CCDC)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A man convicted in a murder-for-hire plot is requesting a reduced sentencing range, days before he was scheduled to attend a sentencing hearing.

Chris Latham was found guilty on February 26 of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire. Prosecutors alleged Latham, along with his ex-girlfriend Wendy Moore, hired a hitman to kill Latham's former wife in April 2013.

Latham was scheduled to attend a sentencing hearing this week, but the hearing was postponed.

According to court documents filed Monday by Latham's attorney, J. Stephen Schmutz, Latham is requesting a downward variance, which would adjust the pre-sentencing guideline range by looking at the defendant's past behavior, nature of the offense, and character.

Latham is currently facing up to 10 years in prison, based on the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The downward variance would allow the judge to select a sentencing range that they deem appropriate for the situation.

The filing states that Latham "was not the organizer or instigator" of the murder-for-hire plot, and also notes that he was not convicted of conspiracy.

Latham was facing one count of conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, and one count of possession of firearm in furtherance of crime or violence in connection with the case. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the two counts.

It goes on to state Latham has "no past criminal history," "has shown no past tendency to be violent to others," and "has a reputation as a law abiding member of the community and a supporter of charities and community activities."

The motion also contains a 17-paragraph personal history written by Latham.

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