Man sentenced for trying to hire second hit man

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BOSTON – A Chelmsford financial planner was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with attempting to hire an individual to murder a Massachusetts State Police Trooper and another individual, both of whom were scheduled to testify against him in a separate state trial.

Andrew S. Gordon, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 20 years in federal prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $20,000. In March 2016, Gordon was convicted following a five-day trial of five counts of using the mail or the telephone with the intent that a murder-for-hire be committed.

In 2014, Gordon was incarcerated at the Middlesex County House of Correction awaiting trial on state charges for attempting to hire a “hit man” to kill his estranged wife. The “hit man” was actually an undercover Massachusetts State Police Trooper.

After being arrested, Gordon hatched a plot to have the trooper and a second Massachusetts man, who was to be a second witness against him, killed. Gordon hired a man he believed to be a gang member living in New Hampshire to kill the two witnesses. Gordon agreed to pay $10,000 to have the Trooper killed and $5,000 for the murder of the second witness.

Through mail, phone calls, and by passing messages through another inmate, Gordon instructed the “gang member” that both deaths should appear as accidents. Gordon instructed the “gang member” to make the Trooper’s murder appear to be a line-of-duty incident, and that the murder of the other witness should be staged as a house fire. In actuality, Gordon was communicating with an undercover federal agent posing as the “gang member.”

On April 14, 2015, federal agents posing as the “gang member” delivered a Congratulations Card to Gordon at the Middlesex House of Correction, informing Gordon, in coded language, that the second witness was dead and that the Trooper would be killed the following week. After receiving the news that one of the witnesses was allegedly dead, Gordon was recorded stating that he wanted the Trooper’s body to disappear. He then stated, “If they don’t find the body … The cop. If they don’t find his body, there’s no suspicion. He’s gone.” The following day, Gordon was charged for initiating the murder-for-hire plot.