Man takes plea deal in Ohio firefighter’s murder-for-hire




CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in a murder-for-hire plot against a veteran Cleveland firefighter has agreed to 28 years in prison in a deal that requires him to testify against alleged co-conspirators.

Twenty-three-year-old Chad Padgett, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, kidnapping and other charges for his role in the 2013 slaying of fire Lt. William Walker.

A message seeking comment was left for Padgett's attorney.

Prosecutors say Walker's wife asked her teenage daughter and Padgett to find someone to kill her husband to collect insurance money and hide financial fraud she committed in his name. Prosecutors say Padgett contacted a cousin, who found someone to kill Walker.

The teen was Walker's step-daughter. She and the alleged hit man have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with prosecutors.
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