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Ex-Cook man gets 20 years for murder plot

After calling a Cook man who offered a fellow inmate $10,000 to kill a former girlfriend "the rare individual who deserves the maximum sentence," St. Louis County District Judge Mark A. Munger sentenced the man to 20 years in prison this morning.

After calling a Cook man who offered a fellow inmate $10,000 to kill a former girlfriend "the rare individual who deserves the maximum sentence," St. Louis County District Judge Mark A. Munger sentenced the man to 20 years in prison this morning.

A jury found David Allen Caroon, 44, guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in July. State guidelines called for a sentence of between 187 and 240 months, with a recommendation of 220 months.

According to the criminal complaint, a St. Louis County jail inmate told a sheriff's investigator that Caroon drew him a map to the Cook house where he wanted the woman killed.

St. Louis County sheriff's deputies placed a recording device on the inmate before he spoke to Caroon again. During the recorded conversation, Caroon allegedly told the inmate that he should suffocate the woman because it would leave fewer bruises. He should loosen the gas lines in the house and let it fill with gas, light a box of potato chips on fire and throw it into the house.

Defense attorney Jill Eichenwald asked Munger to impose the recommended sentence of 220 months, saying that much of what Caroon had planned was "fantasy" that would not have played out in reality.

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But prosecutor Gary Bjorklund asked the judge for the longer sentence, saying that "this is a crime that could have happened. The defendant doesn't deserve any breaks."

Struggling to maintain her composure, the target of the murder plot told the court how the experience has left her feeling "emotionally ripped apart."

"I live in constant fear of someone harming me," the woman said, adding that she suffers from nightmares and used a Mother's Day gift to buy a stun gun for protection.

She said she gave Caroon every opportunity to back out of her life.

"He put himself in jail or prison," she said.

Caroon declined to address the court.

Before handing down his sentence, Munger noted Caroon's history of stalking and harassing women. Munger also said that, even if Caroon's murder plot was ludicrous, "he wanted the plan implemented."

Caroon was jailed in 2006 on three counts of felony harassment and stalking the woman. While Caroon called the woman his ex-wife, the woman said they had been living in a Cook house trailer as "boyfriend and girlfriend," the criminal complaint said.

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Authorities charged Caroon with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in October.

Caroon will serve this sentence concurrent with whatever sentence he is given for a probation violation involving an earlier harassment and stalking case in Hennepin County involving a differ-ent woman. He will receive credit for 342 days he has been in jail.

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