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Pasco man pleads guilty to murder-for-hire plot

TAMPA — A 33-year-old Hudson man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to participating in a murder-for-hire plot.

According to court documents, Joseph Lee Musson agreed last fall to pay someone else to kill Robert Shane Ballard.

Musson was carrying a firearm, authorities say, even though he is not allowed to have a gun because of felony drug convictions. He was a fugitive on Pasco County's Most Wanted list when he was apprehended in Las Vegas in November.

Musson pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

Pasco man pleads guilty to murder-for-hire plot 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:32pm]
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