PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - "James Barron is a menace to society," said detective Bill Lindsey with the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
Even from behind bars, investigators say the 23-year-old with a tear drop tattoo is dangerous.
James Barron is in jail on two different murder charges, and now authorities say with the help of his mother, he tried to have a key witness in those cases killed.
According to the Pasco Sheriff's office, earlier this month, Barron sent a letter to his mother, Michelle Miller, who then repackaged it and sent to the Sumter County jail where the witness they were after was serving time.
"The letter's intent was to recruit, the bloods gang to take action to eliminate the witness," said Lindsey.
But authorities read inmate mail and in this case deciphered a code.
"They are using gang terms and they change so frequently, but that's why we have members within our own agency that are able to translate what they were saying," said Sheriff Chris Nocco.
Like Barron, detectives say the intended target was a member of the Bloods gang. They say Barron wanted him dead for wearing a wire and snitching.
In Barron's letter, detectives say "I-95" stands for message.
And "Peter-rolled" is code for murder.
"They knew we were reading these letters. But what they didn't know is that we would be one up on them," said Nocco.
Investigators say there's no question Barron's mother knew what was going on. They say she's been involved in his criminal activities before.
"She's surrounded herself with gang members, she talks like gang members, she knows exactly what the letter said," said Lindsey.
The witness who was targeted is now in protective custody.
Barron will eventually stand trial for two different murders and now you can add solicitation to commit murder to his list of charges.
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