AND TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Brett Nash, 46, a former barge worker, who planned to kill a man over a domestic issue and blame the murder on the man's cat. Nash planned to abduct, extort, and electrocute a wealthy man who was trying to seduce Nash's wife. Then, Nash intended to throw the man in a hot tub along with a radio and the cat so it looked like the cat accidentally electrocuted the man. Nash decided to share this ingenious plan with his convicted killer friend, who then told his parole officer. Nash pleaded guilty to a felony count of solicitation of a violent crime.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
Marvin Lane Ussery, 48, who was caught trying to sneak back in to New Folsom Prison in Sacramento, California, after he had been released on parole. Ussery was spotted scaling a seven foot tall barbed wire-topped fence that surrounded a wooded area behind New Folsom prison. Officers say they haven't yet found any contraband that Ussery was trying to smuggle into the prison. The ex-prisoner is now being held in Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of violating his parole and being an ex-convict on prison property.
OKAY, ONE MORE .....
A 19-year-old from Evanston, Illinois, who took a cab late one night and tried to flee without paying the fare, but left behind a backpack containing his ID, drug paraphernalia, a time card with his own name on it and keys. The cab driver used the man's ID to track down his father, who then sent his son to the police station, where he was ticketed for possession of marijuana. The man paid the $15 cab fare plus a $5 tip so that the driver would not press charges.
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