The young man accused of ripping off a man’s pinky to steal an iPad is now also accused of trying to organize a hit on the victim from jail.
Bill Jordan, 59, had part of his finger amputated after suspect Brandon Smith wrested a just-purchased iPad from him in the parking lot outside Denver’s Cherry Creek Mall store in April. The Apple bag was looped around Jordan’s hand and the thief jerked hard several times to get it off – so hard that flesh came of Jordan’s left pinky. A surgeon later had to amputate part of the damaged little finger on his dominant hand.
The Denver District Attorney plans to file new charges against Smith for trying to arrange the murder of his victim.
Smith reportedly thought his theft case would go away if the victim was “eliminated.” Smith has been in jail for a few months after being charged with theft and assault. On June 29, Smith reportedly sent a letter from jail to a crony to wipe out victim Jordan. Here’s what the letter said:
“YOU GET THIS DONE! AND I GO ON ANYTHING I’ll rob a bank if you want me too. Just do this for your boy and I got you for sure. You know how we do it.”
“That’s the address, so handle it A.S.A.P.” He concludes the letter by saying: “I really need this otherwise it’s a wrap!! If you do this, case is dropped. NO WITNESS.”
It was the latest turn of events in an already dramatic case. On August 16, Smith’s lawyers showed up in court ready to discuss a plea agreement only to discover that prosecutors had new charges to file against him.
Jordan’s son, Jason, who also acts as the family lawyer, says that detectives and Witness Protection agents were at the Jordan family house 20 minutes after the threatening missive was intercepted. Jordan has considered changing his name and moving out of state.
Smith has still not confessed to the crime – either the iPad theft or the murder plot – but did say in an interview with a local TV news station:
“I’m sorry for whatever, and for him losing his finger. That’s awful from just a theft. That’s a bad theft gone wrong, you know what I’m saying.” And adds that if he could give him his own finger he would.
Smith, who just turned 21, says he was jacked up on drugs (speed and heroin) at the time of the crime and while he admits to desiring Apple’s latest device, he still will not say he committed the crime.
“I wanted one but I’m not going to say that I ripped one off and everything.” Smith also denies writing the hit letter, saying his cellmate did it. Smith’s brother turned him in after seeing the video surveillance footage on television.
The Denver Post