Oneonta man accused of trying to hire killer

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - An Oneonta man is accused of agreeing to pay an undercover DEA agent to kill someone and asking the agent to kill a second person, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

Maxie James Godfrey, 62, of the 100 block of Main Street in Oneonta, is charged with conspiracy in the second degree and criminal solicitation in the second degree.

According to officials, Godfrey, who was in the Otsego County Correctional Facility on an attempted criminal sex act in the first degree and various  misdemeanor domestic violence charges, was allegedly asking other inmates about hiring someone to kill another person. Investigators covered the Drug Enforcement Agency in Albany, and they supplied an undercover agent who posed as a hired hit man. The agent met with Godfrey in the jail on several occasions and Godfrey is alleged to have requested the killing of two women.

According to DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, Godfrey allegedly wanted the undercover agent to eliminate a witness to a previous crime and offered to pay him in illegal drugs.

Earlier this week, the grand jury indicted Godfrey on the charges and he was arrested on Thursday at the jail. He is being held on no bail.

If convicted, he faces up to 32 years in prison.

The investigation was a three-week collaboration between the Otsego County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, the drug Enforcement Administration Albany District Office and the Otsego County District Attorney's Office, with assistance from the New York State Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigations Unit.


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