A former Army Ranger who led a 2006 Tacoma, Wash., bank heist was sentenced Monday to an additional 20 years in federal prison for stabbing a co-defendant with a homemade knife in prison and plotting to kill an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Luke Sommer is currently serving a 24-year prison sentence for the bank robbery. He pleaded guilty in January to charges stemming from the stabbing and the murder plan against a federal prosecutor from the Western District of Washington, who was not named in court documents. The prosecutor was identified only as “M.D.” in court records.
The former Army Ranger tried to solicit an undercover FBI task force officer to kill the Assistant U.S. Attorney for about $15,000 to $20,000, according to a plea agreement. Sommer did not care how the hit was carried out so long as “news reports would indicate it was a murder rather than a possible accident,” the plea agreement said.
“There is no doubt that the defendant is a very dangerous man and needs to be locked up to protect society,” Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber said in a statement. Gruber was the lead prosecutor on the case.
The Seattle Times first reported the story.
We reported earlier this year that threats against federal prosecutors increased during the last decade. Justice Department officials have pledged to address the DOJ Office of Inspector General’s concerns about the safety of prosecutors.