Back in October 2014, we told you about the arrest of Scot Copher
for allegedly trying to hire a fellow prisoner to kill a teenager he'd abused for years.
Not long before, another prisoner, Christian Harvey
, had been acquitted of a similar hit scheme hatched behind bars
— probably because he'd offered a grand total of $200 for completion of the deed.
Copher wasn't so fortunate. He's now been sentenced to additional decades behind bars in the case, which includes some bizarre details — the most notable of which involves a supposedly incriminating genital mole.
As noted by 9News
, Copher has a lengthy rap sheet, with past offenses including theft, assault and child abuse.
He was in the Arapahoe County Detention Center on the latter charge in January 2014.
His victim was described as a seventeen-year-old who Copher had allegedly started molesting at around age five or six and continued doing so for the next three years. He'd gone to authorities a short time earlier.
To call the teen's claims into question, a police report in the case maintained, Copher "allegedly tried to remove a mole near his pubic area that he told a fellow inmate the victim would recognize."
But Copher didn't rely on cosmetic surgery alone to undermine his accuser's assertions. According to the 18th Judicial District DA's office, he also contacted a fellow inmate and asked him to slay the teen upon his release.
Copher allegedly gave the inmate a physical description of the teen, a map to where he lived and told him how to commit the act — by making it seem as if he'd overdosed on a "hot load of drugs."
Instead, the inmate squealed on Copher, who was eventually charged with solicitation for first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with evidence — presumably by trying to remove the mole.
The case went to trial in April and Copher was convicted on all counts. He's now received a sentence of 32 years to life.
Look below to see a larger version of Copher's booking photo.
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