A federal jury in Lexington found a Salyersville man guilty Friday on firearms charges, witness tampering and murder for hire, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Robert H. Barnett, 71, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 24.
After a four-day trial, Barnett was found guilty of using a telephone to facilitate murder for hire, causing another to travel in interstate commerce to facilitate a murder for hire, transferring firearms to commit a violent crime, using and carrying firearms in a violent crime, unlawfully possessing a machine gun, possessing a machine gun with an obliterated serial number, two counts of possessing unregistered silencers and witness tampering.
The jury found Barnett not guilty of four counts of soliciting other prison inmates to commit murder.
Barnett was accused of hiring an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to kill a man in Huntington, W. Va. Evidence at the trial showed that Barnett gave the agent $5,000 as a down payment and promised $4,000 after the slaying, according to a release from the U.S. attorney's office in Lexington. He also gave the agent a machine gun, a pistol, two illegal silencers and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.