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Seven Valleys man charged in murder-for-hire plot

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York County man has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot.

Gregory Allen Hess, 46, of Seven Valleys, was going to pay $30,000 to have someone kill a male acquaintance of his wife, and promised an extra $1,900 if the man was dead by Friday, authorities said.

The man hired for the hit called police, and investigators notified the would-be target.

"He was approached by our troopers and members of the drug task force and let in on the plan to have someone take his life," state police Lt. Adam Kosheba said. "He was secured into a secure facility and advised what the plan was."

Police said they set up a ruse to convince Hess that the murder had been committed. They sent him photographs of the target bound in the trunk of a car, and were waiting when he paid their informant at a restaurant parking lot along Loucks Road.

"Mr. Hess paid the blood money in the false belief that his intended target had been murdered," York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said.

Hess was arrested and charged with solicitation of criminal homicide and criminal use of a communication facility.

"As we all can imagine, no amount of money is worth the life of another individual," Kosheba said. "Thankfully, we had the right tools in place. It did not result in the death of anyone in this case."

Hess is in York County Prison without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled May 9.

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