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Nurse jailed after trying to hire patient as a hit man

By Mason White 1:50 PM August 22, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
A nurse was arrested, charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit murder related charges after trying to hire a patient to kill a woman, according to court proceedings in Ohio.

Now, the man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.
The nurse, a former worker at Cleveland Clinic, was sentenced on Wednesday after trying to hire an emergency room patient as a hit man.

Andrew Martin offered $10,000 to the patient if he agreed to kill a woman he had a dispute over ownership of a house belonging to his dead brother. The patient told police he had been asked by a nurse if “ever killed anyone.”

Martin, of Bristolville, about 50 miles east of Cleveland, previously pleaded guilty to orchestrating the murder for hire plot. He had faced a seven to nine-year term under federal sentencing guidelines. He was also ordered to pay more than $83,000 in restitution.

Martin admitted in April to using a telephone to further the plot, and also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and attempting to access private medical records.

Prosecutors said that Martin and another man began to conspire in October 2011 to take possession of a house that had belonged to an elderly former patient at the hospital where Martin worked. The patient died in late 2010.

Martin, 23, used his position there to access the patient’s medical records so the other man could claim to have had a personal relationship with him, prosecutors said. They created a false writing and claimed ownership of the home of the former patient, prosecutors said.

A judge eventually sided with the administrator of the estate of the former owner and annulled the act retroactively.
That is when Martin decided to kill the woman. Martin said that the woman ruined his life.