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Chelmsford man allegedly hired hit man to kill undercover trooper

Andrew S. Gordon of Chelmsford.
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Andrew S. Gordon of Chelmsford.

A Chelmsford man who allegedly hired a “hit man” to kill his estranged wife was convicted on Friday of charges of trying to kill a state trooper working undercover as the hit man, and a second witness to the plot, according to the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz

Andrew S. Gordon, 53, a financial planner, was found guilty on five counts of using the mail or the telephone with the intent to commit murder-for-hire following a five-day trial in US District Court in Boston, Ortiz’s office said.

US District Court Judge Patti B. Saris set sentencing for May 20. Gordon faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of unsupervised release and $250,000 on each count, according to the statement.

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In 2014, Gordon was in the Middlesex House of Correction, awaiting trial on state charges for attempting to hire the hit man to kill his wife. While in jail, Gordon learned that the hit man was actually a state trooper, and so he devised a plot to kill both the trooper, and a second witness against him, the statement said.

Gordon hired a man he believed to be a gang member from New Hampshire, but who was actually another undercover law enforcement officer. He agreed to pay the “gang member” $15,000 to kill both the trooper and the witness, according to Ortiz.

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