EDWARDSVILLE — A Godfrey man was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of solicitation of murder for hire, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin.
Police identified the suspect as Tony Nicholas Fennell, 32, of the 2700 block of West Delmar Avenue.
Sheriff’s investigators received information at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday regarding a solicitation of murder for hire plot. A person came forward with information that Fennell had attempted to solicit an individual to kill a local woman with whom Fennell previously shared a relationship. Investigators immediately initiated an investigation into the allegation.
An extensive investigative effort was brought forth involving members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division with assistance from the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois. Surveillance was placed on Fennell and the intended victim. During the course of the investigation, the intended victim was not placed in a position that would have allowed for the commission of the alleged crime.
Investigative efforts resulted in the execution of search warrants and a court order in Godfrey, including at Fennell’s home. Those efforts resulted in the recovery of evidence.
Fennell was arrested Thursday without incident in Godfrey. Fennell was remanded to the Madison County Jail and is in custody.
The warrant and information on Fennell was signed by Judge Kyle Napp. Bond was set at $500,000.
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