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Trial of Boston man who hired cellmate to murder prosecutor will begin this week

prison bars jail The trial of a Boston man who recruited his cellmate to murder a prosecutor who put him away for drunk driving will begin this week.
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The trial of a 74-year-old Dorchester man who recruited his cellmate to murder the prosecutor who put him away for drunk driving will begin this week.

Pernell Powell was charged two years ago with trying to hire his former cellmate to kill an unnamed Worcester state prosecutor for $4,000, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports. The prosecutor was recommending Powell serve 4 to 6 years in jail for his fifth drunken driving charge. He was sentenced to 3 to 4 years.

Powell allegedly offered to pay a $2,000 deposit and another $2,000 when the killing was completed, but FBI agents tracked money orders allegedly sent by Powell to carry out the murder. Another cellmate also wrote a letter to the FBI, who nabbed Powell after the informant wore a recording device that captured Powell talking about his plans.

The plot was halted before the prosecutor was harmed.

Powell's federal trial is slated to begin Tuesday.

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