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Pr. George's man gets 25 years for murder-for-hire

A Prince George's County man who tried to trade a motorcycle for murdering a witness in an upcoming drug trial is heading to prison for more than 25 years.

James Richard Hackley IV of Fort Washington was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Harrisonburg, Va., to 306 months.

Hackley was found guilty in October of murder for hire, solicitation to commit a murder for hire, obstruction of justice and other charges.

Prosecutors say Hackley solicited other inmates at the Warren County Jail in Virginia in April 2009 to murder a witness scheduled to testify against him in a pending drug case.

Hackley was arrested after he solicited and “hired” an undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to murder the witness in exchange for a motorcycle.

-- The Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 7, 2010; 12:47 PM ET
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