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Solon man sentenced to two years in prison for murder-for-hire plot

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A Solon man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for his role in murder-for-hire plot, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

Dennis A. Totarella, 66, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and fined $40,000. He was previously found guilty of one count of use of an interstate communication facility to commit murder for hire.

Totarella, working with James Martino, used cellular telephones and Internet websites as part of a plot to murder someone in exchange for $40,000. This took place between January and June 2013, according to court documents.

Martino, of Highland Heights, has pleaded guilty for his role in the offense and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Duncan Brown and M. Kendra Klump following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 8, 2016