On Wednesday, a Washington Township, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced for posing as his estranged wife and taking out a fake Craigslist ad for a hitman against himself.
Public Opinion reports that Christian Koelsch, 30, will spend anywhere from one day to two years in jail for the fake ad conviction. The sentence will run concurrent with a previous simple assault charge Koelsch was convicted of.
According to court documents, Koelsch, pretending to be his wife, wrote a Craigslist ad asking someone “to help her take care of” my husband. The Craigslist ad indicated that Koelsch abused and beat his wife, and that he needed to be taken out, even if it meant killing him.
“Most recently he took an argument father (sic) than ever when he beat me and abused me.”
Investigators determined it was Koelsch himself behind the ad after they learned it came from account he created. In court on Wednesday morning, he pleaded guilty to “false reports-falsely incriminate another person.” He’ll serve his sentence at the Franklin County jail in Washington Township.
Koelsch was originally sentenced to probation for the simple assault charge, but he violated his probation after creating the fake ad, resulting in resentencing of four and 19 months in jail for the simple assault charge. He’s also ordered to never contact his estranged wife and to undergo and complete domestic violence therapy.
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