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A former Spokane doctor has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for paying several hitmen $60,000 to kidnap and attack several people.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ronald Ilg, 56, sent dozens of messages on the “dark web” in early 2021 looking for someone to attack a Spokane-area doctor, stating that the victim “needs a significant beating. obviously, it must substantially injure both arms or break the arms,” according to the US Attorney’s Office

This victim is believed to be a doctor who spoke out against Ilg during a human resources investigation.

Court documents also say Ilg demanded the alleged killers kidnap a second victim, his estranged wife. Specifically, Ilg ordered that she be kidnapped and injected with heroin so she would abandon the divorce proceedings, which were then completed, and return to her failed relationship with Ilg, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the FBI, Ilge falsely claimed that he had paid the hitmen to kill him, not the victims. The FBI also reported that Ilg tried to get a witness to marry him, so she was unable to testify against him. He also tried to get the woman to burn the evidence against him, even after he pleaded guilty to the crimes.

After pleading guilty, Ilg also wanted a book or movie deal so he could profit from his crimes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The eight-year sentence was the maximum Ilg could have received under his plea deal.

Ilg must also pay more than $25,000 in restitution and a $100,000 fine.



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