PRINCETOWN, N.Y. - New York State Police say two New Mexico men were arrested after being apprehended while traveling to Vermont in a murder for hire plot involving a man serving a life sentence for the 2000 killing of a 15-year-old girl in Barre, Vt.
New York State Police said Monday that 41-year-old Mark Staake was arrested by federal agents on Nov. 19 at the Highgate Springs border crossing in Vermont. They say he was in violation of felony probation for Aggravated Burglary with a Deadly Weapon in New Mexico.
The next day, Staake's nephew 23-year-old Tanner Ruane was located and arrested at the Pilot Gas Station on Route 7 in Rotterdam.
He was taken to the Princetown barracks where he described his trip to Vermont with his uncle, Mark Staake.
Troopers recovered tools and documents associated with the conspiracy while executing a search warrant on Ruane's 1983 BMW. The documents included the identities of the intended victims, their family members, and their whereabouts.
Police say there were multiple targets in the St. Albans, Vt., area. They did not name them.
Staake had recently been released from the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility and is currently awaiting extradition.
While in prison in New Mexico, Staake befriended Dana Martin, who was convicted in Vermont of killing Deandra Fluorucci. Police say Martin, whom is serving two life sentences for the 2000 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Vermont, may be linked to disappearances around the country.
State police in New Mexico forwarded a warrant for Ruane for two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. He was arrested as a Fugitive from Justice and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail without bail.
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