Inmate guilty in murder-for-hire case involving judge

A jury in Cumberland County has found a state prison inmate guilty in a murder-for-hire plot against the judge who put him behind bars.

The verdict came after three days of testimony at the trial of 47-year-old Lance Greenawalt.

Prosecutors said Greenawalt in 2010 offered money and property to a Camp Hill prison cellmate to kill Adams County Judge Michael George, who had sentenced him to four-and-a-half to 13 years in prison for burglary.

Last year, he was sentenced to 35 to 70 years for trying to have his cellmate kill two other men, including one Greenawalt had assaulted with scalding hot water and a baseball bat.

Before reaching their decision, jurors listened again to the first half of a three-hour audio recording of Greenawalt as he discussed gun selection and payment.

Greenawalt, convinced the judge’s death would help his appeal, also mentioned the case prosecutor, Adams County Assistant District Brian Sinnett.

“There was no question in hearing the tapes and examining the physical corroboration that he was serious, that he has this intent within him to kill not only the judge, not only the other two people he has already been convicted of wanting to kill, not only trying to kill the one man in 2006, but also myself and his public offender who was zealously advocating for him,” Sinnett said.

Greenawalt’s attorney, Michael Rentschler, said he believes his client was set up by his cellmate.

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