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The Today File

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March 4, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Ex-state employee sentenced for trying to have wife killed

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A 44-year-old Olympia man convicted of trying to hire a hit-man to kill his wife was sentenced Tuesday to 33 years in prison.

Brian Cox also was convicted of a second count of solicitation to commit murder for offering money to a cellmate in the Thurston County Jail to kill an informant in the first case.

The informant was a co-worker at the state Department of Financial Institutions who wore a police wire last year to record conversations in which Cox offered him money to find someone who could make his wife “disappear.” They were involved in a divorce.

The Olympian reports Cox spoke briefly in court about the good he has done, such as protecting consumers in his job.

His wife says she still fears for her safety.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: murder-for-hire, Thurston County Jail, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

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