Inmate solicits fellow inmates to kill wife

VanNatta offered $3,000 to commit crime, sheriff says

A current Grant County inmate has been accused of allegedly soliciting first-degree intentional homicide against his wife, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

On July 5, an inmate told investigators that fellow inmate Robert VanNatta, 44, said he paid a person $3,000 to “take care” of his wife so she would not testify against VanNatta in court, according to a police report.

VanNatta told the inmate the person “screwed him” and did not follow through with the crime, the report stated.

The inmate said VanNatta was soliciting help from other inmates, asking what it would cost him or if anyone would help, according to the report.

Investigators interviewed three other inmates who all had similar conversations with VanNatta, police said.

Another inmate told a deputy he was offered a truck, a four-wheeler and a lawn mower to kill VanNatta’s wife.

Police informed Mrs.VanNatta about the attempts against her life.

VanNatta remains in jail this crime and on other charges.

If convicted on solicitation of first degree intentional homicide, he could be fined up to $25,000 and imprisoned for a maximum sentence of 12 years and six months.