Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office arrests murder-for-hire suspect

Posted: Updated:
28-year-old Levi Jones. (Source: YCSO) 28-year-old Levi Jones. (Source: YCSO)
Cher Loken, 45 (Source: YCSO) Cher Loken, 45 (Source: YCSO)
CAMP VERDE (3TV/CBS 5) -

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to clarify that Cher Loken is not a suspect in the murder-for-hire investigation]

Detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office have arrested 28-year-old Levi Jones after they discovered he attempted to arrange a murder of his co-defendant from a previous case. 

YCSO says the investigation into the murder for hire plot ended on Wednesday, as Jones was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, seven counts of tampering with a witness and conspiracy to commit prison contraband. According to YCSO, he his being held without bond.

This all started on October 10, 2016, when Jones was arrested for first-degree murder at a Camp Verde Circle K, and it was his co-defendant from that case whom he planned to have killed. A release from YCSO said Jones also tried to arrange to intimidate witnesses of the 2016 case.

[PDF: Murder for hire investigation leads to arrest]

This information was found out by detectives in late May of 2017, while Jones was in custody at the Camp Verde Detention Center. At that time, Jones was serving time at the Camp Verde jail for an unrelated crime.

As if that weren't enough, YCSO says its initial investigation shows Jones was also trying to smuggle meth into the detention center with help from Cher Loken of Mesa. Loken, 45, was planning on sending the meth to Jones in the U.S. mail, according to the release.

She was later arrested for allegedly taking contraband into a correctional facility and has since been booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on a $25,000 bond.

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Featured VideoMore>>

  • Hundreds of dead fish stink up Maricopa neighborhood

    Hundreds of dead fish stink up Maricopa neighborhood

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:58:11 GMT
    Hundreds of fish showed up dead at a man-made lake in a Maricopa neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Hundreds of fish showed up dead at a man-made lake in a Maricopa neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    Hundreds of fish showed up dead at a man-made lake in a Maricopa neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Hundreds of fish showed up dead at a man-made lake in a Maricopa neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    "The whole lake was carpeted with fish," Tod Antell said.

    More >

    "The whole lake was carpeted with fish," Tod Antell said.

    More >
  • Avondale couple not happy going solar

    Avondale couple not happy going solar

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:58:05 GMT
    The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV)The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV)
    The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    An Avondale couple says they were lied to about the benefits of going solar so they called 3 On Your Side to get out of the contract.

    More >

    An Avondale couple says they were lied to about the benefits of going solar so they called 3 On Your Side to get out of the contract.

    More >
  • Former Scottsdale school district CFO under indictment breaks silence

    Former Scottsdale school district CFO under indictment breaks silence

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:57:58 GMT
    Laura Smith has stepped down, but she and her attorney argue that we haven't heard the whole story. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Laura Smith has stepped down, but she and her attorney argue that we haven't heard the whole story. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    Laura Smith has stepped down, but she and her attorney argue that we haven't heard the whole story. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Laura Smith has stepped down, but she and her attorney argue that we haven't heard the whole story. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The former Chief Financial Officer for the Scottsdale Unified School District has been indicted on fraud and conflict of interest charges. She's accused of approving district payments to her sister's company, and not disclosing the relationship. Laura Smith has since stepped down, but she and her attorney argue that we haven't heard the whole story. 

    More >

    The former Chief Financial Officer for the Scottsdale Unified School District has been indicted on fraud and conflict of interest charges. She's accused of approving district payments to her sister's company, and not disclosing the relationship. Laura Smith has since stepped down, but she and her attorney argue that we haven't heard the whole story. 

    More >