Student tried to put hit on school staff member, offered $100K for head, deputies say

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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities say a Fivay High School student used Instagram to try to hire a hitman to kill a school staff member.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, deputies obtained private direct messages from an account registered to 18-year-old Nicholas Robert Godfrey that show how he tried to put a hit on school staff member.

“I need a guy who could kill someone,” Godfrey wrote in one of the messages, according to the affidavit.

Godfrey also offered the recipient $100,000 for the victim’s head, authorities said.

“No joke, I need him eliminated as soon as possible,” he said, according to the affidavit.

Deputies were able to tie the account’s IP address to Godfrey’s home in New Port Richey.

When deputies interviewed Godfrey, they said he admitted to sending the messages and provided them with a written statement that “documented his solicitation of murder,” the affidavit states.

Deputies also reviewed his cell phone and saw the messages in question, according to the affidavit.

It’s unclear why Godfrey would want to kill the staff member. His motive was not disclosed.

Godfrey was arrested for first-degree attempt to solicit murder and booked into the Pasco County jail.

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