Brothers sentenced to life in prison with Coffee County murder-for-hire plot

Published 3:22 pm Thursday, January 4, 2024

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Today, a federal judge in Montgomery, Alabama, sentenced two men to life in prison for their roles in a murder-for-hire conspiracy that resulted in the November 27, 2017, death of an Enterprise woman, announced Acting United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross. There is no parole in the federal system.

Last year, a jury found that Jason Starr, 50, from Coffee Springs, Alabama, was upset about the amount of money his ex-wife had been awarded after their divorce and that Jason Starr hired his brother, Darin Starr, 54, a resident of Lakehills, Texas, to kill her. On the Monday following Thanksgiving in 2017, Darin Starr shot and killed his brother’s ex-wife in her driveway as she was leaving for work. On September 20, 2023, a federal jury convicted Jason Starr and Darin Starr for committing their murder-for-hire scheme. In addition to the life sentence, the judge ordered Jason Starr to pay a fine of $25,000.00.

“This premeditated murder devastated the victim’s family and the surrounding community,” stated Acting United States Attorney Ross. “Jason and Darin Starr deserve to spend the rest of their lives separated from society for the terrible crime they committed.”

“Due to the extraordinary work by the investigative team comprised of the FBI, Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, these two men will be held accountable for their heinous actions,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Brown. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim. and our gratitude to our law enforcement partners.”

The FBI, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated the case, with Assistant United States Attorneys B. Chelsea Phillips and Joshua J. Wendell prosecuting.