Franklin woman sentenced for conspiring to murder federal prosecutor
By STAFF REPORTS
A former Franklin resident has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for her role in a conspiracy to kill an assistant U.S. attorney who was prosecuting her boyfriend on other charges involving a plot to kill his ex-wife.
Brenda L. Lampley, 56, was sentenced earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Echols to the prison time plus three years supervised release for her role in a conspiracy to kill Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunny A.M. Koshy.
She previously pleaded guilty on May 18, 2004, at which time she confessed to conspiring with her boyfriend, Parley Drew Hardman, to kill Koshy.
Craig S. Morford, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, and My Harrison, FBI special agent in charge, Memphis division, announced the sentence.
Hardman has now twice been convicted by federal juries in Nashville for seeking to kill or maim his ex-wife, Cherilynn Collins. Koshy was the lead prosecutor in Hardman’s first trial, which was conducted in March 2003. Collins testified at the first trial. Also testifying was Marvin Droznek, who helped Hardman arrange the initial contract to kill Collins, according to officials.
Hardman’s second plot to kill Collins was hatched while Hardman was incarcerated at the Metro Nashville Davidson County Criminal Justice Center, where he was awaiting sentencing on his earlier conviction. According to the proof at Hardman’s second trial, conducted in September 2005, Hardman approached another inmate at the CJC and asked for an introduction to the Gambino crime family. Hardman’s plan was to ask the mafia to murder Collins, as well as AUSA Koshy, Droznek, and a third witness who had testified against Hardman, in retaliation for their roles in Hardman’s March 2003, conviction.
The inmate approached by Hardman told his lawyer of Hardman’s plans, and the information was passed to the government, officials said. The inmate then introduced Hardman to an FBI undercover agent posing as a "hit man" and, on Nov. 7, 2004, Hardman asked the undercover agent to commit the murders. On Nov. 13, 2003, the undercover agent met with Hardman face to face, during which Hardman discussed logistics of the murders, including how and where the undercover agent could find Hardman’s victims. Hardman also gave the undercover agent pictures of Collins.
Later that same day, Lampley met with the undercover agent, paid him $600 to reimburse his travel expenses, and provided a picture of Droznek. Lampley was arrested thereafter.
On Dec. 8, 2005, Hardman was sentenced to 242 months incarceration and five years supervised release. This sentence is to be served consecutively with the 180-month sentence Hardman received for the initial plot to murder Ms. Collins.
The second prosecution of Hardman and Lampley was handled by Michael Taxay of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The case was investigated by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
Posted on: 10/26/2006