Local sailor accused in murder-for-hire plot pleads guilty

A screenshot of Chadwick Ghesquiere from the investigation video.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The man accused in a murder-for-hire plot against his own wife pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday, and now faces a possible 14-year prison sentence.

Case against local sailor accused in murder-for-hire plot goes to court

Authorities says Petty Officer Chadwick Ghesquiere, 38, had hired an undercover federal special agent to murder his estranged wife. Ghesquiere provided $1,000 in cash, 80 Adderall pills, and a firearm, documents show.

He had also allegedly promised to pay this person $50,000 of his $100,000 life insurance policy for the murder.

Authorities say Ghesquiere admitted that he tried to distance himself during the investigation by using a prepaid burner phone to set up a meeting with the agent.

Ghesquiere will be formally sentenced on Jan. 23, 2017, and faces a maximum of 14 years in prison.