A Louisiana woman had allegedly recruited a group of teenage boys to kill her ex-girlfriend's new partner. However, the plot failed when one of the teens bailed out.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said that Mykia Tyson and the four teens involved were all arrested this month in connection with the murder-for-hire scheme, New York Post reported.

A detective said that Mykia Tyson had solicited 19-year-old Delester Magee and three minors to kill the man after finding out that her ex-girlfriend was dating someone new.

The Louisiana woman had allegedly driven the squad to her ex-girlfriend's boyfriend's house in Lacombe to carry out the crime.

However, Delester Magee had apparently decided not to follow through with the plan and intentionally missed the target. He fired multiple shots at the home instead.

Mykia Tyson was arrested in June for aggravated criminal damage, drug possession, and contributing to the delinquency of the juveniles, WAFB reported.

On June 21, a count of solicitation for murder was added to the list of her charges. The three minors recruited by the Lousiana woman were released on a custodial agreement after being arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal damage, The Daily Best reported.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said thankfully no one was hurt during the said crime that could have very easily not been the case.

Smith noted that gunfire is not the answer, adding that they will continue to take crimes like this very seriously in their department.

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Crimes in Louisiana

Louisiana has been reported to be the nation's highest murder rate for straight 31 years. Some of the factors that could help explain Louisiana's ranking include disproportionate racial segregation, poverty, and job discrimination that turns minorities toward underground activities, The New York Times reported.

Louisiana and Mississippi also tend to rank among the poorest states in the country. Louisiana has ranked in the bottom five in the poverty rate in 37 of the last 40 years.

The state also has the highest or second-highest incarceration rate in each of the last 19 years based on Bureau of Justice Statistics data.

Flozell Daniels, the chief executive of the Foundation for Louisiana, said that when you expose people to violent environments, it is much more likely that they are going to have picked up violent practices to survive.

In addition, a huge portion of murders has been committed through firearms in Louisiana. They also have the highest rate of firearms recovered and traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

This suggests a high rate of illegal or stolen weapons in the state. Marc Morial, who served as mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002 and is now the National Urban League president, said that lots of illegal or stolen weapons produce this lethal situation.

Morial further noted that the state's response is more of the same rather than addressing what's causing it. Meanwhile, violence in the state can be traced back to history. Historian Gilles Vandal said that even before the Civil War, Louisiana was notorious for its frequent feuds, street fights, and outbursts of violence.

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