Fort Myers man charged in interstate murder for hire scheme


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two men have been charged with a murder plot that claims one man traveled to Fort Myers for the sole purpose of killing another person.

According to the indictment, Marvin “Mesh” Harris Jr., of Fort Myers, paid Latrel “Kobe” Jackson, of Plainfield, Illinois, to kill 23-year-old Keion Upshaw.

On October 28th, 2019, Jackson traveled to Florida. Five days later, Jackson would pull up to a house on Gardenia Avenue and fired multiple rounds in a drive-by shooting. Upshaw was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he would be pronounced dead.

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Today, the Fort Myers Police Department acknowledged the federal indictment and thanked their law enforcement partners that led to the the charges for Upshaw’s murder.

“Our condolences are with the family, and we hope this brings some closure for your tragic loss,” FMPD posted.

Earlier this year, Harris was sentenced to over 24 years in prison after an investigation uncovered he was the leader of a drug distribution operation. Harris would recruit dealers to work with him and gave them a place to stay. He pled guilty to charges of conspiring to distribute fentanyl, crack cocaine and cocaine.


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For the murder of Keion Upshaw, Harris and Jackson have now been arraigned in federal court with conspiracy to commit interstate murder for hire and interstate murder for hire.

If convicted, both Harris and Jackson face a mandatory term of life imprisonment.

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