Dukes County Jail inmate indicted in plot to kill prosecutor

David Thrift — Photo courtesy of Dukes County Sheriff's Department

A Dukes County grand jury Wednesday indicted David Thrift, 31, of Tisbury, on two charges of solicitation to commit a felony.

The charges stem from Mr. Thrift’s attempts to hire a fellow inmate at the Dukes County House of Correction to arrange the murder of a state prosecutor, according to informed sources.

After deliberations Wednesday morning, the same grand jury also returned an indictment of aggravated rape of a child, and another indictment for rape of a child with force.

Mr. Thrift already faces a long list of charges, in Dukes County Superior Court, for violent crimes.

On July 23, 2011, Tisbury police responded to a domestic assault on Spring Street. Police transported Mr. Thrift’s wife to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, but left a live-in babysitter alone in the house with the couple’s three children. Police say that while officers searched for Mr. Thrift, he returned to the house while the police were gone and raped the babysitter.

On November 2, the town of Tisbury fired Sgt. Robert Fiske, the officer in charge that night.

On September 7, Mr. Thrift was arraigned in Dukes County Superior Court on a 10-count indictment charging him with rape of a child with force, aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, three charges of assault, two charges of intimidation of a witness, and violation of a restraining order. He remains in custody at the Dukes County Jail.