Knox Correction Officer Accused of Trying to Hire Hitman

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) - A Knox County Corrections Officer is facing charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tommy Newman's charged with criminal solicitation to commit first degree murder, after being nabbed in the sting on Saturday.

Word of an alleged plot came known to the Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI ran a four day undercover operation.

That resulted in the arrest of Tommy Newman, a Knox County corrections officer late Saturday night.

Newman allegedly attempted to solicit a federal inmate to kill his ex girlfriend and her boyfriend. Newman is charged with one count of Solicitation to Commit First Degree Murder. Newman is being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s detention facility under a half million dollar bond.

Knox county Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones said in a prepared release, “clearly this behavior will not be tolerated. I am proud of one thousand plus employees of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and I will act swiftly to investigate and deal with inappropriate conduct.”

Newman had been a corrections officer at the Knox County Sheriff’s detention facility since 2003.

In a news release Knox County Sheriff’s Office states that Newman always had good performance evaluations by his supervisors. Newman has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending termination as required by the merit council.

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