Alaskan woman, Denali Brehmer, has pled guilty to the first-degree murder of her best friend Cynthia Hoffman.
The 18-year-old Brehmer planned the killing after meeting a man online, whom she knew as Tyler. The man promised to pay her $9 million in exchange for video footage of a murder.
Tyler, whose real name is Darin Schilmiller, catfished Brehmer by posing as a wealthy resident of Kansas. In exchange for a share of the money that Schilmiller fraudulently offered, Brehmer recruited four others to assist with the murder.
Hoffman, the murder victim, was tricked into going on a hiking trip at the time of the murder. She was bound, shot in the back of the head, and then her body was dumped in the Eklutna River.
Photos and videos of the murder were sent to Schilmiller by Brehmer in real time.
Brehmer has pled guilty to first-degree murder, with other charges dismissed. She faces 30 to 99 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing in August.
Meanwhile, Schilmiller, along with McIntosh and Leyland, has been indicted on multiple murder charges. They all have pled not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Cynthia Hoffman’s family believes that she was targeted because of her learning disability.