Mount Vernon Man gets Prison for Trying to Hire Hit Man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and was later convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill an Iowa police chief has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Lorenzo Harris-Thompson, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. He was found guilty in June of trying to hire a hit man to kill Mount Vernon Police Chief Mark Winder to stop his testimony at a sentencing hearing on the weapons charge.

He was convicted of attempted obstruction of justice, attempted murder of a witness and using a telephone to conduct a murder for hire.

Harris-Thompson was sentenced to 10 years on the weapons charge and 60 years in the attempted murder case, to be served consecutively.
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