Man charged with hitman hiring attempt

An East Liverpool man is facing charges that he tried to hire a hit man, who was actually an undercover state policeman, to kill someone.

Gregory S. Travis, 40, of 13849 Sprucevale Road, was charged Tuesday with two first-degree felony counts of attempting to commit aggravated assault and two misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

The first-degree felony charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Court records indicated he was unable to post bond at an initial appearance on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Tuesday.

Pennsylvania State Police and the Midland Borough police were tipped about Travis looking for a hit man to kill someone. Travis, reports said, drove to Pennsylvania looking for someone to kill an unidentified man living in Ohio.

Reports said Travis met with an undercover PSP trooper posing as a hit man in the parking lot of a Chippewa Township restaurant. Troopers said Travis “provided detailed information on the victim/target, the motive and particulars regarding payment to the undercover Trooper.”

The report does not list details as to what restaurant they met with or why Travis allegedly wanted to hire a hit man.

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