Mike Danton (Jefferson) pleads guilty to murder-for-hire

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  1. tobywan

    tobywan TRIBE Member

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton admitted Friday that he sought to have his agent killed as part of a plot that unravelled when the would-be hit man turned out to be a police informant.

    Danton, from Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty to a federal murder-for-hire conspiracy charge and could face seven to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 22.

    Danton was to have been tried in September with co-defendant Katie Wolfmeyer, and was scheduled for a pretrial hearing next week.

    Danton, 23, and Wolfmeyer, a 19-year-old college student from a St. Louis suburb, faced identical conspiracy charges, with Wolfmeyer accused of trying to hire the would-be killer of Danton's agent, David Frost.

    The would-be killer eventually went to police, and Frost was unharmed.

    Danton has been jailed since his arrest April 16 in San Jose, Calif., a day after the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Blues from the playoffs. The Blues released Danton on July 1, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    Wolfmeyer has pleaded innocent and is to be tried in September.

    Federal prosecutors have agreed to let Danton serve his possible prison time in Canada. U.S. District Judge William Stiehl told Danton that the agreement may bar him from re-entering the United States.
     
  2. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Screwed

    This is what you get when amateur hockey becomes so fucked up that it becomes a cult.
     
  3. Sugar D

    Sugar D TRIBE Promoter

    This is only the beginning for Frost.. A lot of other players will come forward and tell stories of his "recruiting". I have a lot of friends who played junior hockey and the stories I hear about this guy are crazy. He should be locked up not Danton.
     
  4. Sugar D

    Sugar D TRIBE Promoter

    Anyone hear the FBI tape of Danton & Frost's conversation?? It's very disturbing. Catch the 5th Estate tonight @ 9 on CBC if you are interested in this twisted tale. So bizarre & sad.

     
  5. kerouacdude

    kerouacdude TRIBE Member

    a much better article about it :p

    http://www.cbc.ca/story/sports/national/2005/11/29/Sports/danton051129.html

    CBC uncovers Danton-Frost intrigue
    WebPosted Tue, 29 Nov 2005 19:27:04 EST
    CBC Sports
    David Frost continued to exert enormous influence over Mike Danton even after the NHL player was charged with conspiring to kill him.

    INDEPTH: The Mike Danton Case

    Mike Danton was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in a federal prison. (AP Photo)
    Recordings of jailhouse phone conversations obtained by the fifth estate are among the many new disturbing details revealed in the saga of Danton and his longtime agent and former coach Frost.

    Rogue Agent, which airs on CBC Television Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, follows the intertwining story of Frost and Danton from when the latter was an aspiring 10-year-old player named Mike Jefferson, to the present.

    Danton was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison Nov. 8, 2004, in connection with a murder-for-hire plot that targeted Frost.

    The documentary includes recorded communication between Frost and Danton just one week after the St. Louis Blues' forward was indicted on federal charges of engaging in an interstate conspiracy to commit murder.

    Despite being the alleged target at the time and telling the FBI just days earlier that Danton owed him money, Frost is heard in the phone conversations advising the imprisoned player to counter the suggestion of a motive by telling the authorities that all monies were paid up.

    He also implores the 23-year-old to stress to psychiatrists the toll that was taken witnessing violence and alcohol abuse in his childhood home.

    At the end of the conversation, Frost asks, "OK, you love me?" "Yeah," Danton says.

    "Say it," Frost demands.

    "I love you."

    For their part, Steve and Sue Jefferson tell fifth estate host Bob McKeown that Frost cultivated and maintained a Svengali-like grasp on their son from a young age.

    "I was suspicious from day one with the actions of Dave and how Michael was changing," Sue Jefferson says.

    The Jeffersons reveal for the first time how their then-13-year-old son Tom was allegedly victimized while on a cottage trip with Frost, Danton and other teens.

    On that trip, they say their son was photographed duct-taped to a bed naked.

    They also allege during the same trip that members of the group forced Tom to eat pancakes that had been spit on and climb a tree while a pellet gun was pointed at him.

    The Jeffersons became estranged from their older son Mike and he eventually changed his surname to Danton.

    After a difficult tenure in New Jersey, Danton caught on as a role player with the St. Louis Blues. But while things appeared smooth on ice, the relationship between player and agent soured at some point during the 2003-04 season.

    The documentary reveals Danton's unsuccessful first attempt at recruiting a hitman. In several recorded cellphone messages, he is heard imploring a St. Louis strip club bouncer named Ron Jones to help him out, detailing exactly when the intended target would be alone at his home.

    While Jones didn't return Danton's calls, 19-year-old acquaintance Katie Wolfmeyer did. Prosecutors alleged that Wolfmeyer put Danton in touch with acquaintance Justin Levi Jones, who was offered the same $10,000 US amount as the bouncer to kill Frost.

    Levi Jones, a police dispatcher from Columbia, Ill., pretended to accept Danton's offer, but had revealed the plot to his police chief, who in turn contacted the FBI.

    Wolfmeyer was acquitted of two felony counts of conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to organize a murder in September 2004.

    After Danton's arrest, Frost asks him in one of their conversations why he was targeted.

    "I just wanted fucking to do things you know and things weren't fucking good between that person and it was like there was no other way," Danton says after several attempts at trying to explain, though it is not clear who "that person" is.

    McKeown catches up with Frost at a minor hockey rink in Pembroke, Ont. Despite being confronted with the existence of the prison recordings, Frost scoffs at the notion that he was the target.

    "You'll see, you'll see and it's a much bigger story than you think. It's because the FBI lied. They lied. And when we expose them for what they did," Frost says, adding that Danton cannot expose the U.S. government until he is back on Canadian soil.

    Danton, now 25, is in a New Jersey federal prison, awaiting response to an application to be transferred.
     
  6. dg0425

    dg0425 TRIBE Member

    Bizarre for sure.

    What kind of stupid bitch is this Katie Wolfmeyer? I'm not condoning the hiring of hitmen but if I was going to do it who in their right mind would ask a police dispatcher??? It's no wonder some crimminals end up in jail.

    Didn't Danton ask his girlfriend where she knew this "hitman"? Or a better question would be "why the fuck do you know a hitman"?
     
  7. Sugar D

    Sugar D TRIBE Promoter

    that was the creepiest part of the whole thing. Makes me vomit.
     
  8. *SiLver*RoBoT*

    *SiLver*RoBoT* TRIBE Member

    Out of all the stories I've read so far about this Danton case, the cbc article is definately the one that actually makes sense.

    *over*and*out*

    *SiLver*RoBoT*
     
  9. kerouacdude

    kerouacdude TRIBE Member

    plum stupid

    She was wearing a We Love Danton shirt at Blues games before she even met him.
    When she was driving to the supposed hit/her actual arrest with the dispatcher she said to him, "He (Danton) has my phone number and calls me when he wants. I don't have his. I better get his phone number after this."

    and she got acquitted!
     
  10. Sugar D

    Sugar D TRIBE Promoter

    Crazy how the most fucked guy out of it all- FROST- is a free man and still involved in hockey!! WTF.

    Just watched the special and the dude is completely insane.
     

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