- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas man in prison for not registering as a sex offender must serve 80 more years for trying to hire a hit man to kill the judge in his case.

William Ray Phillips was sentenced Thursday in Waco.

A McLennan County jury on Wednesday convicted the 64-year-old Waco man of solicitation of capital murder.

Judge Matt Johnson wasn’t injured in the plot that prosecutors say involved Phillips offering $30,000 to have the jurist killed. Another inmate tipped off authorities, leading to an undercover agent pretending to be a hit man.

Johnson in 2013 sentenced Phillips to 10 years for failing to register after being convicted as a sex offender. Some of the inmate’s prior sexual abuse convictions were overturned on appeal.

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