A Hodges man tried to hire someone to kill his black neighbor, hang him from a tree and put a burning cross in his yard, according to an affidavit filed in a U.S. District Court.

Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, of Hodges was charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.

A Lexington County deputy working with the FBI submitted an affidavit in a U.S. District Court that alleges Lecroy contacted a confidential source in the FBI on March 19 seeking help in killing his black neighbor. During a phone call to an undercover agent the next day, Lecroy said “$500 and he’s a ghost,” and requested to put a flaming cross in the front yard and hang his neighbor from a tree.

He later told the undercover agent when best to commit the murder, and shared plans to take over his neighbor’s property, the affidavit said. He said he wanted a “ghost gun” that couldn’t be traced, and said he “has more jobs for him in the future.”

County Councilman Theo Lane, whose district Lecroy lives in, said he was glad the proper authorities were handling the investigation, and that he would keep a close eye on the case.

“Obviously that’s disturbing,” Lane said. “Any time I hear something like that, I question the mental stability of anyone who can even contemplate something like that.”

A district court order filed April 10 ordered Lecroy to be committed to a federal facility for a psychiatric or psychological evaluation. He’s currently housed at Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts.

The maximum penalty he could face is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The case was investigated by FBI agents and was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Watkins Jr., of the Greenville office.

A message left for Lecroy’s attorney, Federal Public Defender Erica Marie Soderdahl, was not immediately answered.

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548.