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Lorain County man sentenced to four years in prison after attempting murder-for-hire plot

September 21, 2018

Lorain County man sentenced to four years in prison after attempting murder-for-hire plot

ELYRIA, Ohio -- A judge in Lorain County sentenced a Grafton man to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in connection to a murder-for-hire plot, court records show.

Seljami Idrizi, 40, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. All of the charges are first-degree felonies.

Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery handed down the sentence at a hearing held Wednesday.

Idrizi was indicted in November after investigators learned he tried to have a 43-year-old North Ridgeville man killed, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said. 

Idrizi persistently asked a man to commit murder for him, so that man went to police, investigators said. 

Police used him as a confidential informant and he had meetings with Idrizi that were monitored by investigators. Idrizi told him during one of the meetings that he wanted to see a picture of the dead man.

Police worked with a local makeup artist to stage a crime scene to make it look like the killing happened, police said.

A picture was shown to Idrizi who believed the murder was real. Idrizi gave the man $4,000 and was immediately arrested. He also have $1,000 to a middle man. 

Will said the informant is not expected to face any charges in connection to the incident. 

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