Pennsylvania man convicted of charges in 2 murder-for-hire plots

YORK, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a police informant – and then trying to hire someone else to kill that man, too – has been convicted of charges in both cases.

Jurors in York County deliberated for about six hours over two days before convicting 48-year-old Gregory Hess of solicitation of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and criminal use of a communications facility.

He was acquitted of an additional murder solicitation count.

Jurors convicted him of trying to hire another inmate to kill a man who was to testify against him in another case. They acquitted him of soliciting the murder of that prospective hit-man, but convicted him of conspiring to do so and using a phone in the process.

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