Woman Pleads Guilty To Killing ‘Best Friend’ After Online Stranger Offered Her $9 Million To Do It

Woman Pleads Guilty To Killing ‘Best Friend’ After Online Stranger Offered Her $9 Million To Do It CBS Evening News/ YouTube | Facebook

A 22-year-old Alaskan woman has admitted to killing her “best friend” after an anonymous stranger she met online offered her $9 million to do it. Denali Brehmer, now 22, murdered 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman in June 2019. She pleaded guilty on Wednesday, February 15, insisting that the man she met on the internet would send her cash in exchange for photos and video of her taking Hoffman’s life. Superior Court Judge Andrew Peterson accepted her plea immediately.

Denali Brehmer killed Hoffman by shooting her in the back of the head. She then disposed of Hoffman’s body in the Eklutna River. She told authorities that the man she met online was named Tyler and he was a multimillionaire from Kansas. In reality, he was simply a broke 21-year-old guy from Indiana named Darin Schilmiller, WHIO-TV reports.

Denali Brehmer recruited two friends to help murder Cynthia Hoffman

Together, Schilmiller and Brehmer planned the “rape and murder of someone in Alaska.” And while Denali Brehmer didn’t hesitate to take on the job, she also brought in 19-year-old Caleb Leyland and 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh to help her out.

Together, the three lured Cynthia Hoffman to Thunderbird Falls on the premise of going hiking. Once there, they tied her up and shot her. They also took photos and videos and sent them to “Tyler.” There was said to be no evidence of a sexual assault despite Darin Schilmiller’s request. After, they got in touch with Hoffman’s family and said they dropped her off at a park.

In addition to first-degree murder charges, Brehmer is also facing charges of solicitation of murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence, and two charges of murder in the second degree. However, these charges were dropped since she pleaded guilty to the murder. She will be sentenced in August 2023.

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