By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County judge will consider a request to modify the bail for an Abington businessman awaiting trial on charges he allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill a man whom he suspected was having an affair with his wife and two of the man’s friends.
Defense attorney Francis Recchuiti argued that his client, Paul Vangore, is not a flight risk or a threat to the community, his wife, or the alleged victims in the case (see previous story).
The 47-year-old Rydal man is being held in lieu of $25 million bail — the highest in the history of Montgomery County — charged with solicitation to commit murder and kidnapping (see related story).
Montgomery County prosecutor Matthew Quigg believes the bail was properly set by a district court judge, calling the defendant “somebody that’s a danger to these three individuals. We’re not talking about one individual that he was trying to kill, we’re talking about three people that he wants dead, that he planned and plotted to kill.”
Vangore’s wife testified that she didn’t believe she was in any danger if he was released, but conceded that she did apply for a protection-from-abuse order last year and sought medical treatment after a physical altercation at their home.