A Lake Worth man pleaded guilty in New York to hiring who he thought was a hit man to kill a federal judge and a federal prosecutor.
Dejvid Mirkovic, 38, was arrested in October and sent to New York to face two counts of conspiracy to murder an employee of the United States. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
Mirkovic’s business partner, 49-year-old Joseph Romano of Levittown, N.Y., was also arrested in October in connection with the plot.
The Associated Press reports the men wanted to kill U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco and Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Treinis Gatz.
U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan will sentence Mirkovic on June 19, court records show.
Authorities learned about the alleged plot Aug. 7 when a confidential informant reported that Romano, who was in the Nassau County Correctional Center on Long Island, wanted to “torture and kill” the judge who sentenced him to prison and the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted his case, the complaint said. Romano asked the informant for help in hiring a hit man.
Romano wanted to know if one hit man was good enough. He asked the hit man — who was actually an undercover officer — to assault someone with whom he was having a financial dispute. He’d be paid $3,000 and Romano told him Sept. 10 that once the assault was completed, he’d be hired for “a big job, some serious work,” the complaint said.
The hit man was offered the double-murder job in exchange for $40,000. That same day he gave him $12,000 as a down payment and another $10,000 on Oct. 2. He promised the hit man $18,000 once he had proof that the murders were done.
Mirkovic told the hit man that Romano was willing to pay extra if they could have the heads of the judge and prosecutor. Their plan was to preserve them in formaldehyde until Romano’s 15-year prison sentence was over.
Staff researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.