Originally created 05/12/02

Man faces sentence for paying for slaying



BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Brunswick physician Carl M. Drury Jr., 62, will be sentenced in federal court Wednesday for trying to hire someone to kill his wife.

He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen Jr. after a hearing set to begin at 2 p.m.

In February, a nine-woman, three-man jury convicted Dr. Drury of trying to hire undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent Louis Valoze to kill his estranged wife, Mary. Mrs. Drury was never harmed, and agents arrested Dr. Drury Aug. 24 near a pay phone from which he had given Agent Valoze the final go-ahead to shoot his wife.

Dr. Drury faces a minimum of five years in prison for a firearms charge and up to 10 years each for four other counts.

Dr. Drury testified he thought he was participating in a training exercise for ATF agents at the nearby Federal Law Enforcement Training Center when he spoke with Agent Valoze. Dr. Drury said he was tricked by Stephen Whitley, an ATF firearms instructor.

Mr. Whitley testified, however, that it was Dr. Drury who brought up the subject of killing his wife because she was ruining him financially. Although he took no action at first, Mr. Whitley testified that once he realized Dr. Drury was serious, he contacted ATF agents in the Savannah field office and told them of Dr. Drury's request.

Mr. Whitley provided Dr. Drury with the number of Agent Valoze's undercover cell phone. In a meeting in Darien, Dr. Drury provided Agent Valoze with a pistol and gave him a $250 down payment on the $750 he had promised if Mrs. Drury were killed.