Man who tried to hire hit man to kill pregnant wife faces new charges

Posted May 04, 2011, at 6:18 p.m.
Last modified May 04, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man convicted in 2006 of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his pregnant wife and her lover was brought into court Wednesday to determine if he was competent to stand trial on new criminal charges.

Yes, the doctor said in court Wednesday, Victor Frascone, 34, formerly of Fairfield, is ready for trial.

Frascone, an inmate at Maine State Prison in Warren, was indicted by a Knox County grand jury last April on two counts of assault on a corrections officer. Details about the assault were not included in the court documents.

Frascone will be put on the trial list for June, Knox County Superior Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ordered Wednesday. There is a settlement on the table that Frascone is considering, according to his attorney, Steve Peterson.

Frascone is serving seven years of a 20-year sentence after he pleaded guilty in 2006 to two charges of criminal solicitation and one charge of unlawful trafficking.

In 2005, while Frascone was serving a six-month sentence in the county jail in Skowhegan for assaulting his wife, he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his pregnant wife and a man who he believed was involved with her. Frascone told the undercover detective, who was pretending to be a hit man, that he would pay him with thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs. Frascone thought having his wife killed while he was in jail would provide an airtight alibi, police said at the time.

Frascone offered to pay the undercover detective with several hundred prescription narcotic pills, each worth $5 to $15 on the street. The pills were to be a down payment for the killings, which were to be carried out Halloween night 2005.

Frascone did not know he was dealing with a member of law enforcement.

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