STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – The mastermind behind a Stevens Point murder-for-hire scheme was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison.
Portage County Judge Thomas Flugaur scolded 26-year-old Carlos Cummings for manipulating his two co-defendants into the plot to kill James Glodowski of Rosholt in November 2008.
According to prosecutors, Cummings convinced Carla Glodowski and Linda Dietze to participate in the plot so he and Glodowski could run away with each other.
Flugaur sentenced Cummings to just one year shy of the maximum penalty and ordered him to spend 10 years on extended supervision after his release.
“He is the mastermind in the alleged plot and is the one who needs to answer for it,” Flugaur said.
Cummings manipulated Dietze to lure James Glodowski to Zenoff Park to shoot him. He gave her a ride to and from the crime scene, prosecutors say. They add that his fingerprints were found on the box of ammunition used in the shooting and on a script he wrote for Dietze that she could use to arrange a meeting with the victim.
Prosecutors revealed that Cummings' manipulation of Dietze, who suffers from mental health issues, continued in the weeks leading up to the sentence.
Jail guards intercepted two letters Cummings wrote to Dietze that urged her to write to the judge and take full responsibility for the crime.
“He poses a threat to the community,” district attorney Tom Eagon said. “He gives no reason for us to believe he's going to change.”
Cummings said his actions were impulsive and asked Glodowski, his co-defendants and the community to forgive him.
“Being involved with this is the biggest regret of my life,” he said. “Not because of the serious consequences but because of the people I have offended.”
As conditions of his release, Cummings cannot have any contact with his co-defendants or the victim. He must also pay more than $110,000 in restitution to James Glodowski.