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Yakima man sentenced to 30 years in murder-for-hire case

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YAKIMA, WA (AP) - A Yakima man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for trying to hire someone to murder his ex-girlfriend and for attempting to pay for the murder with a pound of methamphetamine.
    
The U.S. Justice Department says 32-year-old Gerardo Maderos Loreto, who is a Norteno gang member, was sentenced Thursday.
    
According to information disclosed in court, while Loreto was in prison in 2016 for violating a protective order related to his ex-girlfriend, he continued to violate the no contact order and contacted her more when he learned she was pregnant by another man.
    
Court documents say Yakima detectives then obtained a letter from Loreto to a person with information about the ex-girlfriend, why he wanted her murdered and that he would pay for the act with meth.

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YAKIMA, WA - A Yakima man will spend the next 30 years in jail after being found guilty in a murder-for-hire case.

Detectives started investigating last March after a department of corrections investigator heard 32-year-old Gerardo Loreto talking about wanting to kill his ex-girlfriend on the phone.

After they brought him into custody, Loreto continued to make these calls and even offered to pay a pound of meth for her death.

A jury found Loreto guilty in May.

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