|Published:||Oct 01, 2013 3:17 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 01, 2013 3:17 PM EDT|
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Florida man charged with trying to hire a Pennsylvania man to kill his ex-wife has pleaded guilty just as jury selection was to begin in his federal trial.
Sixty-four-year-old Edward McLaughlin of Cape Coral, Fla., pleaded guilty Monday before a federal judge in Wilkes-Barre to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and weapons-related charges.
McLaughlin faces life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January.
Prosecutors said McLaughlin promised 44-year-old Gary Williams of Scranton a $50,000-a-year job if he killed McLaughlin's ex-wife. A jury convicted Williams in August for his role in the plot.
Authorities say the men hatched the plan when they were cellmates in Pike County in 2011 and that McLaughlin shipped a rifle to Williams from Florida to Scranton.
Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/
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