A Hanford man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday for hiring a hit man to kill another man over a labor dispute, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.
Johnny Jaramillo, 50, met with and texted an undercover agent in December and January to arrange the killing in exchange for guns, according to a criminal complaint filed in the eastern district of federal court.
The undercover agent first met with Jaramillo on Dec. 15 in the Food 4 Less parking lot in Selma, where the agent bought three guns for $6,000, the complaint says. During the meeting, Jaramillo, a nurse, asked the undercover agent to kill a man by injecting him with 300 units of insulin to put the intended victim in a coma.
Jaramillo instructed the agent how to inject the insulin, saying the intended victim was already fat and “is probably already running around with low blood sugar.” When the undercover agent asked if the victim would come out of the coma, Jaramillo replied “hopefully not.” Jaramillo also instructed the agent to kill the victim in Texas while the victim was on a trucking route. Jaramillo promised the agent guns as a payment.
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“I want him disappeared but he’s got to be out of state though he can’t be in California,” Jaramillo said, according to the complaint.
Jaramillo texted the agent a photo of the victim on Jan.12. He and the agent met at a Selma swap meet parking lot about 3 p.m. that day, where Jaramillo gave the agent a gun and also offered him money laundering and Social Security fraud services.
Jaramillo was arrested on Jan. 17 and currently is detained pending trial. The intended victim is unharmed.
The indictment charges Jaramillo with using a cellphone the intent to commit murder for hire, providing a firearm to a felon, possession of a firearm after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, and possession of an unregistered firearm.
If convicted, Jaramillo faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.
The case was the result of collaboration between the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Fresno police, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and others.