A former Frankfort attorney has been caught trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, prosecutors said.
Robert W. Gold-Smith, 50, formerly of Homer Glen, faces charges of solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation. He is jailed in lieu of $350,000 bond.
Authorities say Gold-Smith offered a man money to kill his wife, Victoria Smith. The couple is in the midst of a divorce.
The Will County Sheriff's Department filed the complaint against Gold-Smith on Friday.
Gold-Smith, who had worked out of a law office on Old Frankfort Way, has been held in the county jail since March 2011 for violating an order of protection and on aggravated domestic battery charges.
In August 2011, Gold-Smith tried to hire a fellow inmate to kill Smith, police said.
According to a Will County sheriff's report, the inmate told police Gold-Smith approached him and said, "I'll pay you to kill my wife. I want it done clean."
In September 2011, a different inmate told police Gold-Smith approached him in June that year and offered him $10,000 to kill Victoria Smith.
One inmate wore a wire for police on Aug. 23, 2011, and recorded a conversation with Gold-Smith about being a hired hitman, authorities said. Gold-Smith was suspicious the inmate was wearing a wire, and patted him down before speaking with him.
He said he wasn't serious when he asked the inmate about doing the job, the report said.
"Everybody has crazy fantasies, you know? In reality, that's all they are," Gold-Smith was recorded saying.
In November 2010, Gold-Smith and his wife appeared in court for a hearing in their divorce case.
Authorities said Gold-Smith made a derogatory comment about his wife after the hearing, grabbed her by the hair and started punching her in the face, which knocked her to the ground.
Some people in the courtroom reportedly restrained him until sheriff's deputies arrived.
His wife was treated at Silver Cross Hospital, while Gold-Smith was charged with aggravated domestic battery. He posted bond and was released two days later.
In November 2010, Victoria Smith's wife obtained an order of protection against him, court records show.
In the petition for the order, she said Gold-Smith threatened to kill her on Oct. 20, 2010, adding that he just got a firearm owner's identification card and that he'd like to buy some handguns.
He also told his wife he would like to kill her with his bare hands, she wrote in the petition.
Court records show Victoria Smith had filed for divorce in June 2010 citing mental cruelty and irreconcilable differences.
Later that month, Gold-Smith filed a petition for divorce, saying his wife was guilty of mental cruelty and adultery.
In December 2010, she filed a counter-petition for divorce, again citing mental cruelty on Gold-Smith's part.
During a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Gold-Smith said he is unemployed and homeless, and a public defender was appointed to represent him. He is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 17.