A convicted murderer recruited a former prison inmate to murder and castrate Justin Bieber, it is alleged.
Dana Martin, who is currently serving two life sentences for the rape and murder of a teenage girl, devised the plot to kill the singer at his Madison Square Garden show in November, KRQE News reports.
Martin recruited former fellow roommate Mark Staake, who in turn involved his nephew Tanner Ruane, to strangle Bieber and his bodyguard and then castrate them with pruning shears, it is alleged.
Martin and Staake are said to have met while in Las Cruces prison in New Mexico.
The mastermind of the plot apparently: “Gave strict orders to strangle the victims with a paisley tie, the kind Martin used as his calling card.”
Strangely, it was Martin, who has a tattoo of the Canadian singer on his leg, who informed police of the plot before it was carried out.
Staake, 41, was arrested by federal agents on November 19 in Vermont on violation of felony probation for aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon in New Mexico, News10 ABC previously reported.
Ruane, 23, was arrested at a gas station in Rotterdam, N.Y., the following day. He was found with murder tools and documents containing information about the intended victims.
A spokesman for the singer told Hollywood Life: “We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans.”