Inmate guilty of trying to have Texas judge killed
By: The Associated Press
A federal inmate has been found guilty of trying to hire someone to kill a North Texas federal judge.
Prosecutors say Phillip Monroe Ballard was
convicted Wednesday of attempted murder for hire of a federal judge,
after less than one hour of deliberations.
The 72-year-old Ballard was accused of telling
another inmate that he wanted a judge presiding over his tax case gunned
down. The two would agree to a price of $100,000. That inmate testified
at Ballard's trial.
The judge was not harmed.
Ballard faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March.
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