Katrina Danforth, the former adult film actress who pleaded guilty last year to soliciting an undercover police officer to kill the father of one of her children, will spend the next 10 years in prison.
Danforth, 32, who appeared in adult films under the name Lynn Pleasant, was sentenced in a federal courtroom in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon after pleading guilty in December to a single criminal count of seeking a contract killing. Danforth had asked for a prison sentence of a little more than seven years.
Police arrested Danforth at Spokane International Airport in December 2018. Investigators say Danforth discussed hiring a hitman with an acquaintance, and that she arranged to meet with him in October 2018 to discuss killing the father of one of her children for $5,000.
The two communicated via phone call and text for the next month, and Danforth sent a “thank you” card with $2,500 as an apparent down payment on the killing to his address in Montana.
Defense attorneys argued Danforth had a troubled childhood, including sexual violence, prior to her involvement in adult films. They said she had been training to become a paralegal while awaiting sentencing in federal court.
The sentence also includes three years of probation and a $1,000 criminal fine.