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Juan Carlos Cruz
Juan Carlos Cruz
Juan Carlos Cruz, former host of Food Network's health-conscious cooking show Calorie Commando was arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of soliciting homeless people to murder his wife, Jennifer Campbell. The homeless individuals, named Little Dave, Big Dave and Shane, told police that Cruz told them he needed them to "cut [a] woman's throat. Cruz allegedly offered Little Dave "a grand" for the deed, giving him ten $100 bills cut in half, with the promise of the second halves after it was done.
Cruz was charged with soliciting murder and attempted murder, and as part of a plea agreement to have the attempted murder charge dropped, pled "no contest" to soliciting murder in October 2010. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison.
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