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Jamestown man arrested for lying to FBI about contract killing

A 38-year-old Jamestown man was arrested Friday in Monroe County in connection with his admission that he had falsely told FBI agents in January that a former jail mate had offered to pay him $5,000 for a contract killing, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said.

Tyrell Fuqua-Hayes was arrested in the Rochester area and was remanded to jail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman pending a detention hearing next week.

Hochul said that in January Fuqua-Hayes said that another man facing federal charges, whom he met in jail, had told him that he would be reaching out to him about something shortly. Then early this month Fuqua-Hayes told FBI agents he had begun receiving text messages from the man offering to pay him $5,000 to kill witnesses in his federal case. But after being pressed by FBI agents, Fuqua-Hayes admitted he had created the text messages himself and lied about talking with the other man, the prosecutor said.

Fuqua-Hayes was charged with making false statements and representations to government agencies. If convicted as charged he faces a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000, Hochul said.