Five teens accused of murdering girl after being offered $9 million

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ALASKA (CNN) — Five young people in Alaska are facing murder charges in a scheme that sounds like a twisted horror movie.

Police say they killed a 19-year-old woman and recorded it, so they could sell the proof to a stranger who offered millions for it.

This young woman is at the center of a disturbing catfish scheme.

Induced online, prosecutors say, to murder her supposed best friend.

“I know what I did was wrong. I know I could have probably done something different.”

18-year-old Denali Brehmer’s arraignment in an Alaska courtroom turned into something of a confession.

Authorities say it all began after Brehmer struck an online relationship with someone she thought was a wealthy man named Tyler from Kansas.

Prosecutors say he offered Brehmer at least $9 million to rape and murder someone in Alaska and have photos and videos of the murder sent to him.

What Brehmer didn’t know is that Tyler was a fraud — a catfisher.

His real identity, police say, 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller from Indiana.

The victim of this twisted scheme— Cynthia Hoffman.

The 19-year-old was bound with duct tape, then shot and killed.

“All I know is my daughter didn’t deserve all this. She should have the friends that she wanted.” 

Hoffman’s father says she had a learning disability that could have made her vulnerable.

According to court documents, the killing was carried out by Brehmer and 4 of her friends, including 2 juveniles.

All, including Shilmiller, have been charged with first degree murder.

It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

On June 2nd, under the guise of going on a hike, Hoffman was taken to the bank of an Alaskan river.

She was shot one time in the back of the head. 

Her body then thrown into the river.

“I have one thing in my mind right now. And that’s to send all six of them to Hell.  And I ain’t gonna rest until it’s done. And then after it’s done, I’ll show my emotions.”

“If you are listening to my voice, not in Alaska, but somewhere else, and you are sitting in your mom’s basement and you’re planning to do some type of crime, influence, plan or conduct a crime in Alaska and you think you’re safe because you’re that far away, you’re not. We will track you down. We will find you and we will bring you back here to face justice.”

Investigators also found video of Brehmer sexually assaulting 15-year-old. She says Shilmiller directed her to commit that crime as well.

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(This story was originally published on June 20, 2019)

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