William John Wallace is originally believe to be from the West Midlands
William John Wallace, 36, originally said to be from Walsall, West Midlands, was sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder.
Wallace, who had been living in Santa Ana, was arrested in December 2013 after he met with a man who believed was an assassin for hire and asked him to kill his ex-wife for $30,000.
At the time Wallace was engaged in a messy custody and child-support dispute with his ex-wife over their four-year-old daughter.
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE
William John Wallace was arrested in December 2013 after he caught by an undercover cop
He initially hired a private investigator to “dig up dirt” on his former partner to use in court but the court heard how he indicated plans to have her murdered instead.
The case’s prosecutor, Heather Brown, said: "He trusted his private investigator who he hired to basically dig up dirt on his child support case against his ex-wife, and he mentioned that it would be, you know, probably cheaper if he murdered her.”
Ms Brown then told the Orange County Superior Court Wallace had claimed to have used or hired a hit man three times before, leading the private investigator to alert police.
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He [Wallace] mentioned that it would be, you know, probably cheaper if he murdered her [his ex-wife]
Prosecutor Heather Brown
The investigator also began recording his conversation with Wallace conversations which he then shared with a detective from the Santa Ana Police Department.
The court heard how Wallace provided the “hit man” with a photo of his ex wife, and asked that the murder take place after December 23 as he would be leaving the country for Christmas.
But the man was in fact an undercover detective from Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Wallace pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted murder and two felony counts of solicitation to commit murder.