Fred Tokars hired a hitman to kill his wife in front of his sons on Thanksgiving weekend in 1992
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According to authorities, Tokars hired a hitman to kill his wife on Thanksgiving weekend in 1992. The hitman, Curtis Rower, kidnapped Sara Tokars along with her children Ricky and Mike, who were 6 and 4 at the time. Rower shot Sara Tokars in the head in front of the boys.
Curtis Rower was arrested for the murder. When he pleaded guilty, he pointed to Fred Tokars as the one who hired him.
During Tokars’ trial, prosecutors said that he had hired Rowars to kill Sara after she discovered that he was laundering money for drug dealers through his law practice.
She had threatened to turn him in, so her husband had her killed, prosecutors said.
Tokars was convicted of racketeering in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison. In 1997, he was convicted of Sara’s murder and given another life sentence. He was not eligible for parole — although he became a prison informant, testifying against other people in the hopes of getting his sentenced reduced.
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