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Levittown Man Gets Life in Prison for Murder Plot

Man tried to hire a hit man while in prison for another offense, reports state.

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.

Ken Konrad April 15, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Two life sentences for attempting to have two people murdered? Most such threats are good for a few years in the slammer at most. But since one of the targets was a fellow judge, this judge threw the book at the defendant. If only the courts were more strict when us ordinary folks are the victims.

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