Boston man gets 9 years in murder-for-hire plotAP , Associated Press
Feb. 7, 2014 9:58 AM ET
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A 76-year-old Boston man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for trying to hire someone to have a Massachusetts prosecutor killed.
Pernell Powell was also sentenced Thursday to two years of probation.
Prosecutors say Powell offered his cellmate about $4,000 in 2011 to kill Assistant Worcester District Attorney Daniel Bennett, who was not trying Powell's case, but recommended that Powell get up to five years in a drunken driving case. The cellmate alerted the FBI and cooperated in the investigation.
The defense called Powell's plot a "half-baked" plan and said the cellmate had manipulated his client. Powell was convicted in August.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1g1V1GH) reports that Bennett told a judge that prosecutors should not have to fear for their lives while doing their job.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com