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NJ man convicted of plotting to kill prosecutor

Local News | Jun 30, 2014

NJ man convicted of plotting to kill prosecutor

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been convicted of plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars.

A jury in Monmouth County convicted Jay Goldberg of conspiracy and attempted murder on Friday after a five-day trial.

The 64-year-old former Little Egg Harbor resident is already serving a 20-year sentence for killing his neighbor in 2009. Prosecutors contended Goldberg arranged with another inmate and a third person, whom he thought was a hit man, to kill assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Steven Cucci in 2012.

The alleged hit man was actually an undercover detective from the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office.

Goldberg testified at the trial that he never intended to hurt Cucci and said he was coerced.

Goldberg is scheduled for sentencing in September.