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Hernando inmate sought to hire hit man to kill lawyers, deputies say

BROOKSVILLE — William P. Faiella Jr. wasn't happy about the prospect of jail time for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl, authorities say.

Faiella, 29, was so angry that he hired someone to kill an assistant state attorney and his public defender for $6,000, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report released Thursday.

Faiella, of Brooksville, was charged Wednesday with two counts of solicitation to commit murder after admitting that he offered to pay an unidentified person $3,000 to kill Assistant State Attorney Lisa Herndon and $3,000 to kill his public defender, Devon Sharkey.

Faiella was already in the jail at the time facing one count of sexual battery on a person younger than 12 years old and one count of promoting sexual activity on a person younger than 16, records show.

The person Faiella allegedly hired to kill the attorneys became a confidential source and told investigators that Faiella said he was expecting to receive $8,000 in back Social Security payments and would use the money to pay for the murders, according to a sheriff's office report released states.

The source had another conversation with Faiella on Wednesday, and investigators recorded the exchange, the report shows.

In an interview with investigators the same day, Faiella confirmed the source's account and admitted he gave the person a written IOU for $6,000, telling authorities "he was mad about facing jail time on his current charges," the report states.

He was arrested in November 2009 after telling investigators that he touched a girl's genitals while she was at his home at 16071 Lauderdale St. one day that month, according to a sheriff's office report released at the time.

The girl told her mother about the incident, prompting an investigation, the report said.

Faiella is slated to be arraigned on the prior charges on Jan. 14 and on the solicitation charges on Jan. 18. He was convicted in March 2009 on charges of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and later sentenced to eight months in jail, receiving credit for about six months time served, state records show.

Herndon couldn't be reached Thursday. Sharkey did not return a message left at his office Thursday. Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino, who works in the Brooksville office, said he couldn't comment specifically on Faiella's case but said the risk of retribution from defendants is part of the job.

"It's part and parcel of what comes with being a prosecutor," Magrino said. "Obviously we have to rely on law enforcement in these sorts of cases and we have faith in what they do."

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or tmarrero@sptimes.com.

Hernando inmate sought to hire hit man to kill lawyers, deputies say 12/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 8:03pm]

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