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Man sentenced for murder-for-hire scheme in Washington County

A Carter County man entered a plea in court last week to solicitation of first degree murder for his alleged hiring of a hitman to kill a Washington County resident.
Benjamin T. Barrick, 41, formerly of 2613 Bob Little Road, Elizabethton, entered a Best Interest Plea to a charge of solicitation to commit first degree murder last week in Washington County Criminal Court.
Barrick was arrested on Aug. 26, 2010, after an investigation into a complaint that he had hired a Carter County man earlier that month to kill a Washington County resident.
The solicitation occurred on South Roan Street in Johnson City, police said.
The day following the solicitation, Barrick reportedly provided the intended hitman with a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition, which were to be used in the murder.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the situation after an individual came forward.
A multiple-agency investigation into the matter, including recorded telephone calls to Barrick and a number of interviews with the intended victim and witnesses led to Barrick’s eventual arrest.
Barrack’s bond was set at $100,000 and he was incarcerated in the Washington County Detention Center while his case went through the court system.
After entering his plea, Barrick was sentenced to 15 years of probation, five of which will be supervised and 10 years unsupervised.