- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man has been charged in what authorities are calling a murder-for-hire plot.

Forty-six-year-old Gregory Allen Hess of Seven Valleys is charged in York County with solicitation of criminal homicide and criminal use of a communication facility.

Prosecutors allege that Hess paid a confidential informant $30,000 to commit a murder and was arrested Friday after giving the informant a $1,900 bonus.

Authorities said the informant called police about the plot and the would-be target participated in a ruse to convince the defendant that the murder had been committed.

Authorities declined comment on a possible motive in the case.

Hess was in custody without bail; court documents don’t list an attorney representing him and a message left at a number listed for him wasn’t immediately returned.


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