NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors say a Long Island con man sought to have a hit man decapitate a judge and the prosecutor to avenge his fraud conviction.
A Brooklyn jury heard the accusations in opening statements Thursday at the attempted murder trial of Joseph Romano.
Romano was sentenced in 2012 to 15 years in prison for a collectible coin scheme. Six months later, another inmate contacted authorities saying Romano wanted the judge and prosecutor dead.
Another prosecutor told jurors on Thursday that Romano later arranged for a business partner to pay a federal agent posing as a hit man $40,000 to kill the pair.
In his opening statement, a defense attorney said Romano was entrapped by the other inmate. He also said the victims were never in danger.