Jailed Levittown man accused in plot to kill federal judge

A Levittown man is accused of attempting to hire a hit man from behind bars in order to kill a federal judge and an assistant

WOODBURY - A Levittown man is accused of attempting to hire a hit man from behind bars in order to kill a federal judge and an assistant U.S. attorney.Prosecutors say Joseph Romano unknowingly tried to hire undercover FBI agents to take out the judge and the prosecutor who handled the fraud case that landed him in jail. They say he offered $40,000 for the murders and handed over a $22,000 down payment. Romano was already serving a 15-year sentence for a bank fraud conviction. He was convicted of cheating senior citizens out of $40 million. Back in August, authorities say an informant told police about Romano's alleged plan to torture and murder the judge and the prosecutor, prompting investigators to pose as hit men.Prosecutors say they have overwhelming evidence against Romano in the murder-for-hire plot, including audio and video recordings. Romano pleaded not guilty to the new charges today. An alleged co-conspirator, Dejvid Mirkovic, is also charged in the plot. They both face life in prison if convicted.

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