A Massachusetts man who tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife after she sought a restraining order has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The sentence for Massimo Marenghi, 57, was handed down Monday in federal court in Boston and was the maximum possible under sentencing guidelines, federal prosecutors said. Authorities began investigating in January 2021 when someone went to law enforcement and reported that Marenghi had complained about the restraining order and asked for assistance in killing his wife. Federal investigators directed that person to introduce Marenghi to an undercover agent posing as a contract killer. They met with the agent in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, discussed a price of $10,000. At another meeting, he provided the agent with a $1,500 deposit. Marenghi pleaded guilty in March to a murder-for-hire charge.
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