- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A 76-year-old Boston man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for trying to hire someone to have a Massachusetts prosecutor killed.

Pernell Powell was also sentenced Thursday to two years of probation.

Prosecutors say Powell offered his cellmate about $4,000 in 2011 to kill Assistant Worcester District Attorney Daniel Bennett, who was not trying Powell’s case, but recommended that Powell get up to five years in a drunken driving case. The cellmate alerted the FBI and cooperated in the investigation.

The defense called Powell’s plot a “half-baked” plan and said the cellmate had manipulated his client. Powell was convicted in August.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1g1V1GH) reports that Bennett told a judge that prosecutors should not have to fear for their lives while doing their job.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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