Courtesy of Steamboat Today:
A 73-year-old man with Fort Hays State University ties was arrested at Denver International Airport Oct. 19, accused of trying to hire a hit man to commit a murder.
Court records indicate Brooks Kellogg of Libertyville, Ill., was taken into custody after allegedly paying $2,000 in cash to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hit man.
Kellogg, an Oberlin native and Fort Hays graduate, is a real estate financier involved in several Hays developments.
His company, Uniplace II LLC, was under contract to build a new dormitory at Fort Hays this fall. That contract now is under review, according to information provided by University Relations Friday.
“Brooks Kellogg has had a long-term and active relationship with the university,” President Edward H. Hammond said in a press release Friday. “He has been a friend and mentor to many students, faculty and staff. Our hearts go out to (his wife) Gail and the rest of his family.”
The Kelloggs also had been co-chairs of the $60 million capital campaign for the FHSU Foundation. Those responsibilities have been assumed by Ed and Donna Stehno of Hays.
Kellogg is the managing member of Chadwick Real Estate Group in Steamboat, where he is a part-time resident.
The documents said the money was intended as payment for expenses to kill Stephen Bunyard, of Destin, Fla., whose corporations settled for $2.5 million in a lawsuit against Chadwick entities. That judgment now is in collection, the affidavit stated. A second suit for $500,000 is scheduled for arbitration in February.
The affidavit states that Kellogg met the undercover agent on a DIA mezzanine — Concourse A, near Gate 34 — Oct. 19 with $2,000 in his pocket “for additional expense money to commit the contracted killing.”
The FBI stated that the agent showed Kellogg a picture of Bunyard, and Kellogg replied, “That’s the guy.”
The affidavit also states that the undercover agent said, “You’re the customer here,” and “You want him killed?” to Kellogg, who replied, “Yeah.”
After the agent asked Kellogg if he had “any other jobs for me,” according to the affidavit, Kellogg said: “Yeah. I’ve got some other things in mind.”
The FBI indicated the conversation’s tone was matter-of-fact.
Kellogg’s trial is set for Nov. 1.