Dean charged with using pot to pay in murder-for-hire scheme

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By Geoff Hamill

A Mackville man has been charged with allegedly trying to hire someone to commit murder.

Ryan Lynn Dean, 20, of Mackville, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Louisville on charges of soliciting a murder for hire, according to U.S. Attorney General Candace Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

The indictment alleges that in June 2009, Dean tried to hire someone to carry out a murder, promising to pay 10 pounds of marijuana in exchange for the killing.

If convicted, Dean could be sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 and supervised release for five years.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Weiser, and was investigated by the Kentucky State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dean is slated to appear  for arraignment in Louisville on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

According to the Marion County Detention Center’s Web site, Dean is lodged there on a $75,000 bond for assault (2nd degree-domestic violence.)