Case Update: Luzerne County Inmate Sentenced for Ordering Murder-For-Hire

November 23, 2021 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Luzerne County man who pleaded guilty in September for attempting to hire a hitman to kill two detectives and an informant has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison.

“We thank God that these attempted murders were prevented, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect the brave men and women in uniform who keep us safe,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Targeting local police officers is heinous and we will hold anyone who tries to target an officer fully accountable for their crimes.”

William Lynn, 28, pleaded guilty on September 28, 2021 to three counts of criminal solicitation and related charges for his efforts to solicit and pay an undercover officer posing as a hitman. Lynn paid the hitman to kill a confidential informant and two Luzerne County detectives involved in the investigation of the offense for which he was already incarcerated. Lynn was also sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison for drug charges today, which he will serve concurrently.

Lynn was sentenced by the Honorable Judge David W. Lupus of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. This case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Philip McCarthy.

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