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Ohio nurse gets 12 years in prison for trying to hire patient as hitman

Andrew Martin, booking photos AP Photo/Shaker Heights Police Department

(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND - Andrew Martin, a former Cleveland Clinic nurse, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge to 12 years in prison after he admitted trying to get a patient to act as a hitman.

Martin had pleaded guilty in April to using a phone to further the plot. Authorities say he offered $10,000 to an ER patient to kill a woman in a dispute over ownership of her deceased brother's home.

Martin also admitted to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trying to obtain private medical records.

Investigators say the patient tipped off police that he had been asked by a nurse if he "ever killed anyone." Martin, 23, of Bristolville, about 50 miles east of Cleveland, was arrested in the case in November 2012.

The intended victim wasn't harmed.

Complete coverage of Andrew Martin on Crimesider

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