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Posted at 7:58 AM ET, 01/12/2011

30 yrs. for Md. murder-for-hire scheme

By The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown

A Washington County Circuit judge has sentenced a Hagerstown man to 30 years in prison for trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill his estranged wife.

James Keiser Jr. was sentenced on Tuesday.

He was convicted in October of solicitation to commit murder.

A county detention center inmate testified that Keiser offered him $15,000 in 2009 to kill his wife.

Keiser told the judge Tuesday that he was about to sentence an innocent man. Keiser's lawyer said the conviction would be appealed.

By The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown  | January 12, 2011; 7:58 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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