Calif. man gets 6 years for foiled murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A businessman has been sentenced in Los Angeles to six years in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill a former business partner two years ago.

Eugene Temkin was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year term for Temkin, who was found guilty in August of three murder-for-hire related counts.

Authorities say the 51-year-old Temkin wanted a former business partner killed because he felt he wasn't repaid for a deal that soured nearly 10 years earlier. Temkin tried twice to hire hitmen, who turned out to be undercover law enforcement officers.

Temkin was arrested in July 2010 after authorities foiled the plot. Defense attorney Richard Callahan says Temkin never intended to kill the man.

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