A Granite City man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in East St. Louis to planning the abduction of a local attorney. 46 year old Brett Nash needed money to avoid foreclosure on his home and authorities say he plotted a crime of violence that included an abduction, seizing, and confining a person, and holding that person in order to obtain money from him.
Federal authorities say Nash tried for several months beginning in late 2011 to convince his wife, identified only as TN, to coerce the intended victim into giving them the money he sought, although the woman was reluctant to go along fully with the plan. Nash tried to convince his wife to go along with the plan, but the wife believed the only way she could get the money would be to become romantically involved with the intended victim which she would not do. Nash still tried over several months to convince the woman, and at times would be violent with her in an attempt to convince her. Nash eventually sought out a second person to help, identified by prosecutors as a Confidential Witness. Authorities from the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Granite City Police, Illinois State Police and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois executed a search warrant at the home of Nash on January 23 of this year and found evidence including a diagram of the intended victim's house, a black ski mask, black hair dye, black socks and shirt, and a CO2 pistol. Nash could face up to 20 years in prison at sentencing in March.