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Man Pleads Guilty To Hiring Hit Man

Associated Press

A Puyallup, Wash., man has admitted hiring a hit man to kill his girlfriend’s ex-husband.

Stephen Kay Weinstone, 55, pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal solicitation to commit firstdegree murder.

As part of a plea bargain, Pierce County prosecutors agreed to recommend the low end of the standard sentencing range - about 15 to 17 years in prison - when Weinstone is sentenced March 26.

According to court documents, Weinstone gave the hit man a $500 down payment April 10 to kill Neil Yuckert of Tacoma, his longtime girlfriend’s former husband.

Weinstone furnished the hit man with a pistol, bullets and a photo of Yuckert, prosecutors said.

Weinstone was arrested after the conscience-stricken would-be hit man told his intended victim he was a target and called police.

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