Man appealing conviction for attempt to hire hit man
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of attempted murder for trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife is appealing to the state Supreme Court.
The Stamford Advocate reports that an attorney for 42-year-old Daniel Buzzeo argues his client did not take the steps necessary to be convicted of attempted murder.
Buzzeo met with an undercover police officer posing as a hit man in 2011 to discuss a plan to kill his wife.
His attorney argues a “substantial step” must be taken for an attempted murder charge, and Buzzeo had no money at the time and simply talking about the hit does not qualify as a “substantial step.”
Prosecutors argue that offering money to a hit man constitutes a substantial step.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com