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York man acquitted in murder-for-hire case

Written by The Associated Press | May 27, 2015 1:25 PM
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(York) -- A central Pennsylvania man has been acquitted of charges that he tried to hire someone to kill a male acquaintance of his wife.

Jurors in York County deliberated for about two hours today before acquitting 47-year-old of Gregory Allen Hess of Seven Valleys of solicitation of criminal homicide and criminal use of a communication facility.

Prosecutors alleged that Hess paid a man $30,000 to commit the slaying, but the man called authorities and the target helped stage photos in a ruse to convince Hess the killing had happened.

Hess testified that he wanted the man beaten up, not killed.

Hess still faces separate charges that he tried to arrange the killing of the man hired for the slaying and then the killing of the second prospective hit-man.

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