Kellogg arrested for hit-man plot

By RICK SALLINGER

CBS4-Denver

DENVER -- A 73-year-old man with Hays ties was arrested at Denver International Airport and is accused of trying to hire a hit man to commit a murder.

Court records indicate Brooks Kellogg of Libertyville, Ill., was taken into custody Tuesday after allegedly paying $2,000 in cash to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hit man.

Kellogg, an Oberlin native and Fort Hays State University graduate, is a real estate financier involved in several Hays developments.

The meeting allegedly took place after an exchange of e-mails in which the FBI claims Kellogg revealed he wanted to have killed a man who had won $2.5 million in a lawsuit against him. The lawsuit involved Kellogg's Steamboat Springs real estate development business called Chadwick Real Estate Group.

According to the arrest affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, an informant exchanged an e-mail with Kellogg contracting to have the man who won the lawsuit, Stephen Bunyard, murdered. In one exchange, Kellogg allegedly wrote, "well our thought was to give him a warning, but if that's not safe for you to do then the bullet is fine."

Kellogg was taken into custody after meeting the undercover FBI agent on DIA's mezzanine level near Gate 34.

The court documents state Kellogg was asked by the FBI agent, "You want him killed?"

The alleged reply was "Yes."

According to the documents, the agent then asked Kellogg, "Do you have any other jobs for me?" and Kellogg responded, "Yeah, I've got some other things in mind."

Kellogg is a member of the FHSU Foundation Board of Trustees and has been co-chairing the Cornerstone Campaign, a $60 million fundraising effort of the FHSU Foundation. All leadership responsibilities for the campaign now will be assumed by Ed and Donna Stehno, Hays.

"We are shocked and dismayed to hear about this situation," FHSU President Edward H. Hammond said in a press release this morning.

Kellogg created Uniplace LLC with Hays businessman Dave Van Doren to build Stadium Place Apartments at FHSU in 2005. Kellogg and Van Doren's successor company, Uniplace II LLC, has been contracted to build a new dormitory at FHSU beginning this fall. That contract now is under review by the university.

Kellogg also purchased a former downtown movie theater in 2006 and reopened it as Fox Pavilion later that year.

The Hays Daily News

contributed to this report.