A Levittown man was sentenced to life in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a federal judge and a prosecutor responsible for his conviction.
The sentencing came down Monday at U.S. District Court in Brooklyn where Judge John Keenan gave Joseph Romano, 51, two life sentences, reported Newsday.
Romano reportedly gave a 45-minute speech before the sentencing came down and claimed he had been framed by the FBI and that prosecutor Marshall Miller was "angling for a federal judgeship," said the report.
Despite Romano's claims of innocence, the judge concluded "This conduct cannot be tolerated in a civil society," and handed down his sentencing, reported Newsday.
Romano was caught hiring a hit man through an undercover informant in 2012 and reportedly offered to pay $40,000 for the murder of U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco, of Central Islip, and federal prosecutor Lara Gatz, earlier reports stated. Bianco and Gatz were involved in an earlier case against Romano, who was charged with defrauding elderly investors of $40 million in a fake collectible coin scam.