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Keystone Restorations president charged in murder-for-hire plot

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The owner of Keystone Restorations & Builders Inc. in Manchester Township is accused of hiring someone to commit murder.

Gregory Allen Hess was jailed without bail after police said he paid a confidential informant to kill someone, according to a police affidavit.

The affidavit does not identify the intended victim, nor does it give a motive.

According to Kyle King, administrator in the York County District Attorney's office, a confidential informant stepped forward and told a state police trooper working with the York County Drug Task Force that Hess had contacted him about the murder plot.

The informant told police Hess had offered $30,000 for the hit and a $1,900 bonus if the murder happened by a specified deadline, King said.

Police contacted the intended target who agreed to participate in a law enforcement plan to trick Hess into thinking the murder had been carried out. The target was an "acquaintance" of Hess' wife, but state police would not provide details on the relationship.

The informant showed Hess pictures of the target bound in duct tape in the trunk of a car, King said, which was enough for Hess to hand over the bonus at a Denny's parking lot on Route 30 in York. Police arrested him there without incident Friday.

Hess, 46, of North Codorus Township, is charged with solicitation criminal homicide and is in York County Prison. Hess started Keystone Restorations in 2004, according to the company's website. It is a restoration contractor for residential and commercial sites.

Hess is awaiting a May 9 preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Richard E. Martin II.

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