- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A man who acted as a go-between in the murder-for-hire of Spokane businessman Doug Carlile will serve 22 years in federal prison.

Forty-one-year-old Robert Delao was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( https://bit.ly/20VwvwI ) Delao was also the government’s key witness against criminal mastermind James Henrikson.

Law officers called Delao’s cooperation “pivotal” in convicting Henrikson, who was sent to prison for life after a jury convicted him of ordering the deaths of Carlile and Kristopher Clarke.

Henrikson ordered the deaths of the two men, who he believed stood in the way of his business interests in the oil fields of North Dakota.

Todd Bates, the final person indicted in the Carlile killing, is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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