Federal inmate sentenced again, this time for killing an FBI informant in murder-for-hire

Federal inmate sentenced again, this time for killing an FBI informant in murder-for-hire

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, November 3rd 2023, 7:43 PM EDT)

TAMPA, Fla. (TND) — A man who killed an FBI informant has been sentenced to federal prison but he’s already serving time for a different conviction.

James Franklin Broomfield, Jr., 37, was supposed to be paid $30,000 for the murder by Robert Lee Ward, the leader of a drug trafficking organization in Fort Myers, Fla.

In 2012, a member of that drug operation — Kristopher Smith — agreed to cooperate in a joint federal and local investigation.

The feds say Ward found out and offered to pay Broomfield to kill Smith.

Ward even gave Broomfield a loaded gun and told him where to find Smith.

The killing went down outside an elementary school in early 2013.

According to the feds, Smith and his girlfriend drove to their first-grade son’s school in Fort Myers. Broomfield and another person followed.

Smith stayed in the car while his girlfriend went inside. Broomfield and his accomplice parked behind Smith.

Then, Broomfield ran up to the car and shot Smith several times, killing him.

Federal inmate sentenced again, this time for killing an FBI informant in murder-for-hire
James Franklin Broomfield was arrested by local authorities around Fort Myers, Fla., in (clockwise from top left) July 2004, Nov. 2004, 2006, 2011, 2012, and 2013. (Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Friday, Broomfield was sentenced to 24 years for tampering with an informant by killing. The sentence will run consecutive to his sentence for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

He has been booked into the Lee County Jail by local authorities at least six times.

In 2013, he was held for other authorities.

In 2012, he spent a night for reckless driving, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a weapon by a felon.

In 2011, he served three days for an out-of-county warrant.

In 2006, he served more than six months on charges involving cocaine — possession and selling — as well as driving without a license and failure to appear.

In November 2004, he spent a night in jail for the same cocaine and possession of a weapon by a felon charges.

And in July 2004, when he was 18, for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.

Ward has a similar track record with authorities in Lee County but many of his criminal charges were related to driving.

Ward was arrested years after Smith’s murder, in 2018.

He’s awaiting sentencing for conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine and tampering with an informant by killing.

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