Oneonta man arrested for conspiring with DEA agent

By Nicky Hickling

Oneonta man arrested for conspiring with DEA agent

March 28, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton)  Investigators arrest an Oneonta man they said agreed to pay an undercover DEA agent to murder another person and requesting the agent commit the crime of murder of a second individual. 

Sheriff’s Office investigators learned that inmate Maxie James Godfrey, 62, was asking other
inmates about hiring someone to murder another person. Investigators contacted DEA
 agents in Albany and they supplied an undercover agent who posed as a hired hit man.

The undercover agent met with inmate Godfrey in the Otsego County Correctional
Facility on several occasions and Godfrey requested the murder of the female victims. 

Thursday afternoon, investigators and special agents arrested Godfrey, who is being held at the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail. If convicted, Godfrey faces up to 32 years in state prison. 

“I’m proud of the work our investigators put into this current case, as I feel they could have clearly averted a disaster,” said Otsego County Sheriff, Richard Devlin. “I’m also extremely proud of the law enforcement partnership that was instrumental in working this case.  The DEA played an important and crucial role that will not be forgotten. You can well imagine that these cases are not only difficult to investigate, but they are more difficult to deal with emotionally,” added Sheriff Devlin.

The three-week joint investigation was conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Otsego County District Attorney’s Office with assistance from the New York State Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigations Unit.  


Maxie James Godfrey
-Conspiracy, second degree, felony
-Criminal Solicitation, second degree, felony

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