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Iowa man convicted of 2 murder-for-hire counts

January 30, 2019

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man with a lengthy criminal record who is already in prison for other crimes has been convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill two northeastern Iowa people.

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Jason Harriman was convicted Tuesday of two counts of murder-for-hire. Prosecutors say Harriman began serving a 15-year federal sentence in 2011 on gun charges and made multiple phone and email contacts from prison with someone he thought was a hired killer. The person was actually an undercover federal agent.

Investigators say Harriman agreed to pay the “hitman” $21,000 for the murder of two people.

Harriman faces up to 20 more years in prison when she’s sentenced at a later date.