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Knox County man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

A Knox County man was sentenced Friday to more than five years in prison in a murder-for-hire case.

Bill R. Perkins, 43, of Barbourville pleaded guilty in November in U.S. District Court in London. At the time he admitted that he conspired with his brother, Randall K. Perkins, to use the U.S. mail to hire someone for $4,000 to kill a witness against Randall Perkins in a state drug case.

Bill Perkins admitted that he knowingly provided a firearm and ammunition to the proposed "hit man," who was actually a confidential informant for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced Bill Perkins to 68 months on a charge of conspiracy to use facilities of interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire.

Under federal law, Perkins must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for two years.

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