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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2012

Contact: PIO S/A Thomas Ahern

(312) 846-7228

Des Plaines Man Arrested on Federal Murder–For–Hire Charge

CHICAGO ¯ U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division Andrew Traver , and Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart today made the following announced the arrest of Zenon Gregorczyk, 49, of Des Plaines, Ill., yesterday in Chicago on a murder– for–hire charge.

A criminal complaint was filed this morning in federal court in Chicago, charging Grzegorczyk with using an interstate facility, an automobile, in an alleged murder–for–hire scheme. Grzegorczyk appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert in Chicago this morning, and was ordered detained without bond until a bond hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, 10:15 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Grzegorczyk was arrested in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 6100 block of Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago after passing $3,000 to undercover agents from ATF and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police who were posing as hitmen. The proposed murder of as many as six victims was purportedly scheduled to take place in June. Because of the efforts of ATF and Cook County Sheriff’s Police, the intended victims were never in harm’s way.

The case was investigated by the ATF and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police. The case is being prosecuted in federal court by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Jennie Levin and Anthony Garcia.

Murder–for–hire carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U. S. sentencing guidelines.

The public is reminded that a criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to an indictment by a federal grand jury and a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.