MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The president of a Rockville, Minnesota, business pleaded guilty to trying to hire one of his employees in a plot to kill the fiancé of another employee, a former lover.
Robert James Schueller, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of sending threatening communication. He was initially charged with commissioning murder-for-hire
“The defendant spent months trying to seriously harm an unsuspecting victim simply because that man was romantic competition in the defendant’s thwarted love affair,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Allyn said in a statement. “The government is thankful that the defendant finally accepted responsibility for his bizarre scheme and pled guilty.”
In 2013, from May to August, Schueller cheated on his wife with an employee of his at Nomad Pipeline Service, according to the criminal complaint.
Three months after the woman broke off the affair with Schueller, he found out she was dating a new man.
Schueller approached an employee with several felony convictions and asked if he knew anyone from prison who could kill his ex-flame’s new boyfriend, the complaint says.
Schueller then sent his felon friend–who shared the plot with police–$10,000 cash and two business cards with the fiancé’s name and information on how to find him.
When the felon told Schueller he couldn’t find an assassin, Schueller texted him to “burn those business cards.”
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.