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Dean enters guilty plea in murder-for-hire case

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By Geoff Hamill

A Washington County man has entered a guilty plea in connection with a 2009 murder-for-hire case.

Ryan Dean, 21, of Mackville, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 8, to soliciting a murder for hire, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky.

Dean admitted that in June 2009, he sought to have a murder committed, and solicited an undercover Kentucky State Police deterctive to commit the murder. In exchange, Dean promised to pay the undercover officer by giving him 10 pounds of marijuana.

According to Hale, Dean not only wanted the intended victim to be killed, but he also wanted proof of the crime. He reportedly told the undercover officer that he wanted a tattoo cut from the leg of the person and given to Dean as both evidence, as well as for him to keep as a memento.

The case was investigated by KSP, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Weiser.

The intended victim’s name has not been released, but is expected to be made public when Dean is sentenced in Louisville on Monday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

The maximum potential penalties for Dean are 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for up to five years, according to Hale.