PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A 46-year-old Port Arthur, Texas, man has been indicted on two federal charges for soliciting a murder-for-hire plot, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown of the Eastern District of Texas announced yesterday.
A federal grand jury indicted 46-year-old Santos Orellana-Hernandez on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, on two counts of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.
According to the indictment, from January 17, 2020 until March 18, 2020, in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere, Orellana-Hernandez used a telephone to solicit the murder of two persons in violation of the laws of the United States.
A federal complaint, obtained by MyTexasDaily.com, alleges Orellana-Hernandez had arranged to pay a man 200,000 in Honduran Lempira, or approximately $8,000 U.S. Dollars, to kill four people in Lomitas, Honduras.
If convicted, Orellana-Hernandez faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
The Port Arthur, Texas, Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross is prosecuting.