A Roxbury man was charged today in federal court for trying to hire a hitman to kill a Worcester County prosecutor.

Pernell Powell, 73, was charged with using the mail in connection with the murder-for-hire.

A compliant filed by the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz alleges that Powell sought out an inmate to kill the prosecutor who was charging him with a fifth driving under the influence offense.

Powell was awaiting trail for the driving charge at time and learned the prosecutor was seeking a sentence between four and six years.


Authorities said Powell agreed to pay the inmate $2,000 as a deposit for the murder and more money after it was committed. He arranged to have the inmate receive the money through a relative in Florida, prosecutors said.

The murder request was reported to federal agents.

Powell could face up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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