Courts & Law

“Hit men” deal to send HB man to prison

A HUNTINGTON BEACH man will be sentenced next Tuesday after being convicted Tuesday of charges to attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder.

A sentencing hearing is set for March 27 for a Huntington Beach man convicted on Tuesday of felony charges of solicitation to commit murder and attempted murder.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Joseph Jordan Taylor, 32, will be in Central Justice Center in Santa Ana at 8:30 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 23 years in state prison. Taylor also has a prior “strike” conviction of making criminal threats in 2007.

Huntington Beach police in May 2015 learned of a plot by Taylor to kill a woman. According to authorities, Taylor paid thousands of dollars to HBPD officers posing as “hit men” to murder the woman, with the agreement to pay more money after her death.

The interaction was recorded by the officers, who then arrested Taylor.

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