Massachusetts man charged in plot to murder NY businessman - Metro US

Massachusetts man charged in plot to murder NY businessman

If found guilty, the man faces up to 50 years in prison.

An Everett man was arrested Friday on federal murder-for-hire charges in a plot to kill a New York businessman, the U.S. District Attorney’s office said.

Joseph Burke was allegedly hired by an undercover agent to shoot and kill a businessman in his Manhattan office on Oct. 17, according to an affidavit.

Investigators said that Burke met with the undercover agent “numerous times” to plan the murder.

Burke described how he would shoot the target and said he had “no qualms with doing it,” the affidavit said.

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“I’m gonna f****** shoot him in the head. . . . F****** gonna hit himright in the f****** derby. Three in the derby and three in his chest. Don’t worry, he aint gettingup,” Burke allegedly said, according to the affidavit.

Investigators also noted they had recordings of Burke that included additional statements on fees of up to $100,000 for the murder-for-hire plot.

Previously sentenced to 63 months in prison for 1988 robbery charges, Burke was also sentenced to two years for a 1993 cocaine possession with the intent to distribute. He was already on probation and is expected to appear in federal court in Worcester Friday afternoon.

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