- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man will spend 12 to 24 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a police informant - and then trying to hire someone else to kill that man, too.

Forty-eight-year-old Gregory Hess was sentenced Thursday.

A York County jury last month convicted him of charges including 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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