Sailor tries to use hitman on wife, use life insurance to pay for hit on commander

A Navy fuel handler has pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire plot that involved his wife and an undercover law enforcement officer.

Seaman Uriel Gerardo-Olivas -who worked as a “grape” aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush- was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a loaded firearm, communicating a threat, solicitation, stealing basic housing allowance, larceny and abusing marijuana.

In June of 2018, Olivas reportedly paid a $500 down payment to an undercover officer posing as a hitman, and asked the officer to kill his wife in exchange for $10,000 from her $100,000 life insurance policy.

A few months earlier, Olivas threatened to kill one Sailor and attempted to solicit the kidnapping of another Sailor.

“He wanted her dead to collect the $100,000 government life insurance payout and spend it on another hit to slay a superior on the carrier he said bullied him and other junior sailors,” according to the Navy Times,

 In late July of this year, Olivas pleaded guilty to attempted murder, while prosecutors dropped other charges. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, reduction to E-1 and a dishonorable discharge.

“I intended to kill my wife,” he said. “I was wrong for what I did. I hope that one day she can forgive me and, if not, I understand.”

Olivas dated his wife for 10 months and married before he went on a 2017 deployment, which lasted seven months. Olivas’ wife, a flight attendant, complained of frequent infidelity on the part of her husband and frequent domestic abuse.

Due to his time in confinement and arrangements made during his plea deal, Olivas will only serve approximately nine years in prison.

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