Lesser was arrested in March following these investigations, and has now been sentenced to one year supervised release and time served.
Jukebox 24 Dec 2019 0
All is fair in the game of love and war; but not when it involves hitmen and some gruesome maiming. As in the case of one 48-year-old New York woman, Yanyan Lesser who recently pleaded guilty in court to attempting to hurt someone using a hitman on the dark web.
She was deemed capable of instigating violence against another person and charged with one count of transmitting in interstate or foreign commerce a communication containing a threat to injure another person by law enforcement in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In what looks like a crime of passion, Lesser was held responsible for attempting to inflict bodily harm on her own boyfriend, by hiring someone to handle it over the dark web on a murder-for-hire site.
She said, "Give him a good beating of his body and must be broken his legs to make him walk by wheelchair or crutches forever."
This was proven by Homeland Security Investigations(HSI) who maintain that she visited the site, most likely a honeypot operated by the authorities in order to order a hit on her boyfriend. In her interactions with the supposed hitman, she is recorded to have said that due to a businessdispute, she was interested in teaching him a lesson. She went ahead to request that the sham hitman ensure he leaves the victim unable to walk after giving him a good beating.
She wrote,"Give him a good beating and legs broken, waist broken and even cripple the mark of his legs." and shared an image of the victim depicting his lower back with the words "broken waist" written on it.
A day later, she reiterated her intentions stating,
And also give him a good beating of his body and must be broken his legs to make him walk by wheelchair or crutches forever.
She remained insistent about rendering the victim disabled after the fact, consistently making demands that the hitman deliver those results. Intended to look like a robbery gone violent, she posted again,
Make the crippling be permanent, so that Chinese guy will always walk in wheelchair… must be broken his legs that he will never heal and never be back to normal so that he will always walk in wheelchair. Remember: crippling! Robbery!"
She wanted to be sure that the victim would not be killed, only injured so badly he would be unable to use his back and legs ever again. In all, Lesser was willing to pay a total of 1.954 in Bitcoin even offering to throw in an additional $2500USD for a job well masked as a robbery.
In the end she was identified by law enforcement who first tracked down the victim she wanted maimed and brought to his attention the intentions of his ex-girlfriend. He helped them put a name to the onlinepersonality and added that her alleged actions did not surprise him because she was "unstable."
She was later interrogated by law enforcement when she was detained by US Customs and Border Protection while coming back from lunch in Canada. With her permission, Special Agents from Homeland Security were able to locate some images pertaining to the case on her phone for a short while until she refused to cooperate and share her passcode. While detained, they carried out a search on her residence and there discovered receipts showing that she had indeed made bitcoin payments to the bogus parties over the dark web and gathered enough substantial evidence regarding her Bitcoin transactions to present in court.
She was arrested in March following these investigations, and has now been sentenced to one year supervised release and time served.
Given a suspended sentence most likely due to the inferences that she is mentally unstable, she has been orderedsupervision by the court and is expressly banned from using mobile or other devices that connect to the internet.