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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBS)—According to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, a man was sentenced to six years in New Jersey State Prison for attempting to hire someone to have his wife and daughter killed.

Philip Florio, 55, was incarcerated in the Ocean County Jail on DUI charges when he tried to conspire with a hit man. The plan foiled when the hit man turned out to be an undercover officer. In exchange for his wife and daughter being killed, Florio had agreed to pay the undercover officer and an accomplice money, jewelry, and a Porsche Carerra.

One of the reasons Florio said he was seeking to have them both killed was that he was upset with his wife for not bailing him out on the DUI charges.

The state argued for a sentence of seven years under the No Early Release Act (NERA) but a judge imposed a sentence of six years with no early release.  Florio must serve five years before he is eligible for release on parole.  He has been incarcerated since his 2011 arrest on DUI charges.

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