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Bethel man arrested for hiring “hit man”

August 15, 2011

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested a Town of Bethel resident and charged him with hiring a “hit man” to break his next door neighbor’s legs.

Michael F Walczak, 53, of Strout Road in Monguap Valley, was charged with the Felonies of Criminal Solicitation in the 4th degree and Conspiracy in the 5th degree,class A misdemeanors, after he paid an undercover state police investigator $1,000 to commit the assault.

Walczak, who lives part time in the state of Florida, has had an ongoing property dispute with his neighbor. “What makes this case interesting’, said Sheriff Mike Schiff,” is that the defendant believed he was hiring a rogue police officer to commit the crime”.

Michael Walczak was arraigned before Town of Thompson Judge Martin Miller and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. The judge has issued an order of protection for the victim.

The Sheriff thanked the state police and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.