Third man charged in murder-for-hire plot

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Police have charged a third man and given additional charges to a father and son from York County involved in a third murder-for-hire plot.

Deonsae Keawon Bryant, 29, of York City is facing multiple charges for allegedly accepting payment from Gregory Allen Hess, 46, of Seven Valleys, in order to murder a criminal informant. 

Hess is currently in York County Prison on $20 million bail for two other murder-for-hire plots.

In April, Hess was accused of hiring someone to kill a male acquaintance of his wife. He allegedly offered $30,000 for the death, and extra money if it was done by a certain date.

The man hired for the hit went to police and investigators set up a ruse, arresting Hess after he paid the informant in a restaurant parking lot.

He was put in prison on $10 million bail and posted bail on May 30.

On June 9, a second informant came forward telling police that while he and Hess were in York County Prison, Hess offered him $15,000 to kill the first informant.

He said Hess gave him the informant’s name, directions to his home in Harrisburg and a piece of paper that contained two phone numbers with the names “Greg Hess” and “Toby.”

Toby has been identified as Gregory Hess’ 19-year-old son.

Hess told the man that Toby had photographed the informant at the preliminary hearing and the photo would be available to identify the target, according to the criminal complaint.

Toby Hess was charged with conspiracy to intimidate a witness or victim, was taken to York County Prison and was released after posting $250,000 bail.

On Tuesday officials announced that Toby and Gregory Hess are facing additional charges. The details are unclear but allegedly Gregory Hess attempted to have a second criminal informant murdered by paying Bryant.

Toby Hess’ role is unclear, but he was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy to criminal homicide and criminal use of communication facility. He was arraigned and posted $100,000 bail, he’s currently on house arrest.

Gregory Hess remains in York County Prison on $20 million bail. He’s additionally charged with solicitation to commit criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy to criminal homicide and criminal use of communication facility

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