An Alabama man was sentenced today in federal court on charges stemming from a murder-for-hire plot. The man, Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, was found guilty last fall for attempting to hire Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members to murder his neighbor. The 29-year-old Morgan has been sentenced to six years in prison.
“Mr. Morgan detailed his calculated desire to end his neighbor’s life through the most brutal and heinous means,” said Joyce White Vance, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. “Today’s sentence reinforces that vigilantism is not acceptable in our society and we will prosecute that crime.”
Morgan confessed that in August 2013 he hired men who he thought were members of the KKK to torture and murder his Munford, Alabama neighbor, a black man who Morgan believed had raped his wife. Morgan’s guilty plea states that in late August he spoke with a self-described KKK member over the phone to arrange the murder.
The would-be KKK member that Morgan spoke with was an undercover FBI agent. During the phone call Morgan bragged about firing gunshots toward his neighbor and described his neighbor using a racial slur. Morgan arranged over the phone to later meet at an Oxford, Alabama motel to discuss payment for the murder. He later met with undercover FBI agents and offered a watch, a necklace, and a gun as payment.
During the phone call Morgan also described in gruesome detail how he wanted his neighbor to be murdered. Morgan requested that his neighbor be “hung from a tree like a deer and gutted.” He also suggested that his neighbor should have body parts cut off during a “slow, painful death.”
“The defendant attempted to have his neighbor tortured and murdered by the KKK,” said Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. “Today’s sentence demonstrates that the Justice Department will continue to aggressively prosecute those who act on their racial hatred by seeking to inflict such acts of violence on others.”