HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Luzerne County man charged with trying to hire a hitman has pleaded guilty to soliciting murder.

“William Lynn was willing to end the lives of three innocent people to avoid facing justice for his actions,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Thanks to the hard work of law enforcement, he was unsuccessful — and the public servants who he attempted to harm will be able to continue their service to their communities. We are working with our law enforcement partners every day to shut down these heinous schemes that put innocent lives at risk. and protect Pennsylvanians.”

William Lynn, 28, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal solicitation and related charges for his efforts to solicit and pay an undercover officer posing as a hitman. Lynn paid the hitman to kill a confidential informant and two Luzerne County detectives involved in the investigation of the offense for which he was already incarcerated.

Lynn pleaded before the Honorable Judge David W. Lupus of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. He will be sentenced at a later date. This case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Philip McCarthy.

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