Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Levittown man has been found guilty of conspiring to kill a federal prosecutor who convicted him for fraud and a federal judge who sentenced him to 15 years in prison.A jury found Joseph Romano guilty Thursday of conspiracy at Central Islip federal court.Prosecutors said the 51-year-old agreed to pay an pair of undercover police officers, who the suspect thought were hit men, $40,000 to kill the judge and prosecutor while Romano was at Nassau County jail in August 2012.“A threat against a member of the criminal justice system, such as a Judge or an attorney, is nothing less than an attempt to subvert the system, and as such will not be tolerated,” U.S. William Attorney Hochul, Jr. said in a statement.Romano’s co-conspirator, Dejvid Mirkovic, was sentenced in August to 24 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to murder.The two men repeatedly met with the pair of undercover investigators posing as hit men to make initial payments and plot out assaults, and then the murders, authorities said. One of the officers showed a staged photo of an assault as proof to ensure payment for the first phase.Romano, who was angry over being convicted of an eight-year, multi-million-dollar fraud involving the telemarketing of coins, also requested that the hit man cut off the heads of the judge and prosecutor in exchange for a “bonus,” according to prosecutors.The investigators said they received a $22,000 down payment and would get the $18,000 after the targets were dead. Upon their October 2012 arrest, Romano and Mirkovic were found to have $18,000 cash and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun at Mirkovic’s house in Florida.Romano faces up to life in prison, up to $500,000 in fines and forfeiture of more than $200,000 when he is sentenced in March.
SHARE TWEET Governor Wolf Statement on Completion of 2016-2017 Budget July 13, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News, Schools That Teach, Statement, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement on the completion of the 2016-2017 budget:“Over the last several months, I have worked together with Republicans and Democrats to achieve major progress on issues including the legalization of medical marijuana, the passage of historic liquor reform, and the enactment of a fair funding formula that ensures basic education funding is distributed to schools based on a district’s unique needs.“Recently, we also came together to pass a budget that included historic investment in education at all levels and much-needed funding to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis. Today’s passage of a revenue package means that we avoid another lengthy impasse, our budget is balanced this year, and we have greatly reduced the commonwealth’s structural budget deficit. I will sign this revenue package.“This package is an important step forward and includes sustainable, recurring revenue that makes significant progress toward reducing our structural deficit. When I took office, I inherited a deficit of more than $2 billion and schools that were devastated from drastic funding cuts.“I have fought hard to turn things around and move the commonwealth forward. We have made progress – our schools have seen historic funding increases and the deficit has been significantly reduced. We still have much work to do in next year’s budget, and I look forward to continuing to work with legislative leaders on important issues facing Pennsylvania.“Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on our greatest public health crisis – Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”