PoliceOne Staff Report (NEW YORK) -- A man originally charged with stock fraud was sentenced Jan. 4 to the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for trying to hire a cellmate to kill the judge hearing his case.
Stuart Winkler, 48, of Morganville, N.J. was convicted of conspiracy and criminal solicitation for plotting to have Supreme Court Justice Leslie Crocker Snyder killed.
"I am extremely sorry I allowed my heart to overcome my head," Winkler told the court before his sentence was handed down. He will appeal.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office said that the stock trader, who was nabbed along with 33 other employees of the A.S. Goldman & Co. brokerage house, thought he would get a more lenient judge if he killed Snyder.
Winkler's cellmate, Carl Ligon, suggested the plot and then agreed to work with prosecutors in exchange for reduced prison time, it was reported.