After an estate executor withheld a $100,000 inheritance from Ladislav Fromelius, the Naperville man turned to a hitman named "Mr. G" to even the score.
In a series of conversations, the then-71-year-old Fromelius detailed how he wanted the executor's legs broken with a baseball bat and talked of "eliminating" her. What he didn't know was that "Mr. G," in reality, was an undercover DuPage County sheriff's detective.
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Fromelius pleaded guilty Thursday to solicitation of armed violence and now faces up to five years in prison. He was charged in September 2010 after delivering an envelope stuffed with cash and marked "Mr. G" to a dry cleaner's, prosecutors said.
The scheme began after Fromelius inherited $100,000 from his late sister. According to court records, the executor of the estate withheld the disbursement because Fromelius was not to receive the money if he was still associated with his ex-wife.
Prosecutor Amanda Meindl said Fromelius was so angered, he reached out to an acquaintance about hiring a hitman, vowing to "take care of you well" if things went smoothly. But instead of locating a hitman, the acquaintance warned the executor, who in turn contacted Lisle police. Based on the report, Meindl said, the sheriff's office obtained wiretapping authority and then put Fromelius in touch with a detective posing as "Mr. G."
In a phone call recorded in September 2010, Fromelius agreed to pay "Mr. G." $2,000 to attack the executor with a baseball bat, Meindl told Judge George Bakalis on Thursday. The arrangement called for Fromelius to pay half of the money in advance and half when the job was finished, according to prosecutors.
"The defendant told the officer, 'I just want you to break her (expletive) legs," Meindl said.
Police arrested Fromelius after he was captured on video dropping off the first payment at a an agreed location, a dry-cleaning business. Afterward, authorities searched his home on the 1500 block of Watkins Lane and seized numerous guns and other weapons.
Fromelius, now 73, is free on bond and awaiting sentencing. He faces two to five years in prison but also could receive probation. His attorney declined to comment ahead of sentencing, tentatively set for Oct. 24.